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Radiation Oncology in Palliative Cancer Care

Stephen Lutz, Edward Chow, "Radiation Oncology in Palliative Cancer Care"
2013 | ISBN-10: 1118484150 | 400 pages | PDF | 10 MB


Palliative Medicine is the professional medical practice of prevention and relief of suffering and the support of the best possible quality of life for patients and their families, regardless of the stage of the disease or the need for other therapies. The most common cause for palliative care referral is terminal cancer, and a large proportion of those referrals include patients who will need palliative radiotherapy during the course of their disease. Still, there are barriers to coordinated care between radiation oncologists and palliative care physicians that differ from one country to another. Until now, one overarching limitation to appropriate concurrent care between the specialties across all countries has been the lack of a comprehensive yet concise reference resource that educates each of the specialties about the potential synergistic effects of their cooperation. This book fills that void.

Radiation Oncology in Palliative Cancer Care:
Is the first book-length treatment of this important topic available on the market
Is authored by world-renowned experts in radiation oncology and palliative medicine
Uses a multidisciplinary approach to content and patient treatment
Features decision trees for palliative radiotherapy based upon factors such as patient performance status and prognosis
Pays careful attention to current best practices and controversies in the delivery of end-of-life cancer care

This book is an important resource for practicing radiation oncologists and radiation oncologists in training, as well as hospice and palliative medicine physicians and nurses, medical oncologists, and geriatricians.

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