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Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: Treatment options in end-of-life care: the role of palliative chemotherapy
Author(s): McCall, Kathryn
Johnston, Bridget
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Keywords: treatment
end of life care
palliative care
medical oncology
treatment choices
Palliative treatment
Quality of life
Terminal care
Issue Date: Oct-2007
Date Deposited: 4-Jun-2009
Citation: McCall K & Johnston B (2007) Treatment options in end-of-life care: the role of palliative chemotherapy. International Journal of Palliative Nursing, 13 (10), pp. 486-488.
Abstract: Advances in medical science and technology, combined with the primary goal of medical care to restore or maintain health as far as possible, often result in the transition from active to palliative care being blurred. Treatment choices are limited in advanced disease; but paradoxically, which therapy to choose is becoming an increasingly complex decision (Weissman, 2004). The role of chemotherapy in this phase remains a controversial subject, but data are emerging to show that an increasing number of patients nearing the end of life are receiving chemotherapy (Matsuyama et al, 2006), and there is a mounting body of evidence for its use in symptom palliation (Cullen, 2003; Bowcock et al, 2004; Davis, 2005). Therefore, the traditional view that medical oncology and palliative care are two distinct disciplines may need to be modified.
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