New Model Supports Use of Palliative Care With Radiotherapy

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December 7, 2015 | OncLive
by Andrew J. Roth

A novel service model that incorporated palliative care measures and shorter radiation treatment was associated with fewer unfinished treatments with radiation, shorter hospital stays, and increased use of palliative care for patients with bone metastases, according to preliminary findings from a study presented at the 2015 Palliative Care in Oncology Symposium.

“This is important work and it demonstrates first-hand the practical impact incorporating palliative care can have to standard treatment,” said ASCO expert Don S. Dizon, MD, clinical co-director of Gynecologic Oncology at Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center, said during a presscast when the results were presented.

The new service model also included whole-patient assessments and family meetings. During these encounters, a careful evaluation of patients’ physical symptoms, as well as psychosocial, spiritual, lifestyle, and logistical concerns, was performed.

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