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The oncologist’s role in delivering palliative care 

The oncologist’s role in delivering palliative care
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The oncologist’s role in delivering palliative care
Author(s):

Nathan I. Cherny

and Stein Kaasa

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199656097.003.0121
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date: 07 May 2021

The care of patients with cancer demands that oncologists have the means and skill necessary to address the suffering and distress of their patients. The effective provision of palliative care is, as a consequence, a core element of oncological practice. This is true for all oncological physicians be they surgeons, radiotherapists, or medical oncology. This chapter elaborates on the role of the oncologist and providing palliative care: how and where it is done, what it entails, what training is required to achieve adequate skill levels, and the coordination of care with palliative care specialty services.

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