Integrating palliative care in oncology: The oncologist as a primary palliative care provider

Deepa Rangachari, Thomas J. Smith

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The provision of comprehensive cancer care in an increasingly complex landscape necessitates that oncology providers familiarize themselves with the application of palliative care. Palliative care is a learnable skill. Recent endeavors in this arena have demonstrated that providing palliative care is part and parcel with providing compassionate and high-quality cancer care, specifically as it pertains to physical and emotional outcomes for patients and their caregivers alike. The basic tenets of providing palliative care emphasize: frequent and honest communication, routine and systematic symptom assessment, integration of spiritual assessments, and early integration of specialized hospice and palliative care resources as a patient's circumstances evolve. This article will endeavor to review and synthesize recent developments in the palliative care literature, specifically as they pertain to the oncologist as a primary palliative care provider.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)373-378
Number of pages6
JournalCancer Journal (United States)
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 2013


  • Palliative care
  • advance care planning
  • end of life care
  • hospice care
  • prognostication

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research


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