Palliative care, version 2.2017: Featured updates to the NCCN guidelines

Maria Dans, Thomas Smith, Anthony Back, Justin N. Baker, Jessica R. Bauman, Anna C. Beck, Susan Block, Toby Campbell, Amy A. Case, Shalini Dalal, Howard Edwards, Thomas R. Fitch, Jennifer Kapo, Jean S. Kutner, Elizabeth Kvale, Charles Miller, Sumathi Misra, William Mitchell, Diane G. Portman, David SpiegelLinda Sutton, Eytan Szmuilowicz, Jennifer Temel, Roma Tickoo, Susan G. Urba, Elizabeth Weinstein, Finly Zachariah, Mary Anne Bergman, Jillian L. Scavone

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The NCCN Guidelines for Palliative Care provide interdisciplinary recommendations on palliative care for patients with cancer. These NCCN Guidelines Insights summarize and provide context for the updated guidelines recommendations regarding hospice and end-of-life (EOL) care. Updates for 2017 include revisions to and restructuring of the algorithms that address important EOL concerns. These recommendations were revised to provide clearer guidance for oncologists as they care for patients with cancer who are approaching the transition to EOL care. Recommendations for interventions and reassessment based on estimated life expectancy were streamlined and reprioritized to promote hospice referrals and improved EOL care.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)989-997
Number of pages9
JournalJNCCN Journal of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 2017


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology

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Dans, M., Smith, T., Back, A., Baker, J. N., Bauman, J. R., Beck, A. C., Block, S., Campbell, T., Case, A. A., Dalal, S., Edwards, H., Fitch, T. R., Kapo, J., Kutner, J. S., Kvale, E., Miller, C., Misra, S., Mitchell, W., Portman, D. G., ... Scavone, J. L. (2017). Palliative care, version 2.2017: Featured updates to the NCCN guidelines. JNCCN Journal of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, 15(8), 989-997.