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Malignant diseases 

Malignant diseases
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Malignant diseases
Author(s):

Richard D.W. Hain

and Satbir Singh Jassal

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780198745457.003.0016
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date: 28 May 2020

With respect to palliative medicine, malignant diseases can be considered in three broad groups: haemopoietic malignancies, central nervous system tumours, and other solid tumours. The likelihood of needing referral for specialist palliative medicine is influenced by prognosis, as well as by incidence, and therefore change as outcomes improve. This chapter includes an easy-to-assimilate list of the commonest symptoms experienced by children with cancer, broken down by incidence. A detailed examination of the interface between oncology and palliative care is provided, with discussion of the primary fears experienced by patients and families, the transition from a curative to a palliative phase, and the role of chemotherapy in palliative cases.

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