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Oncology Across the Trajectory 

Oncology Across the Trajectory
Oncology Across the Trajectory

Lillie D. Shockney

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date: 27 January 2020

Though palliative care is commonly associated with oncology patients diagnosed with advanced disease, not all oncology patients who could benefit from palliative care actually receive it. This is usually due to a lack of communication about palliative care and its benefit to symptom management and preservation or restoration of quality of life. Discussions about palliative care often happen too late in the oncology disease trajectory. This chapter focuses on palliative care communication, communication barriers to access and receipt of palliative care, and palliative care communication that can help oncology patients experience quality cancer care during treatment as well received as enhanced end-of-life care. As more individuals are diagnosed with cancer, the need for palliative care during cancer care will likely continue to grow.

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