Palliative care clinical practice guidelines in oncology

Michael H. Levy, Anthony Back, Sadaf Bazargan, Costantino Benedetti, J. Andrew Billings, Susan Block, Eduardo Bruera, Michael A. Carducci, Sydney Dy, Catherine Eberle, Kathleen M. Foley, Juan Diego Harris, Sara J. Knight, Robert Milch, Michelle Rhiner, Neal E. Slatkin, David Spiegel, Linda Sutton, Susan Urba, Jamie H. Von RoennSharon M. Weinstein

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Over the past 20 years, increasing attention has been paid to quality-of-life issues in oncology. As the hospice movement has grown in this country, palliative care has developed into an integral part (rather than the antithesis) of comprehensive cancer care. Palliative care must be integrated earlier into the continuum of cancer care, and palliative, symptom-modifying therapy should be provided simultaneously with disease-modifying therapy from diagnosis. The goal of the NCCN palliative care guidelines is to help assure that each patient with cancer experiences the best possible quality of life throughout the illness trajectory. These guidelines are intended to help oncology teams provide the best care possible for their patients with incurable cancer.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)776-818
Number of pages43
JournalJNCCN Journal of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network
Issue number8
StatePublished - Sep 2006


  • Cancer treatment
  • Death and dying
  • End-of-life issues
  • Hospice care
  • NCCN Clinical Practice Guidelines
  • Palliative care

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology


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