Annals of Hematology

, Volume 98, Issue 11, pp 2605–2607 | Cite as

Characteristics and course of patients with advanced hematologic malignancies receiving specialized inpatient palliative care at a German university hospital

  • Dennis A. EichenauerEmail author
  • Heidrun Golla
  • Indra Thielen
  • Michael Hallek
  • Raymond Voltz
  • Klaus Maria Perrar
Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor‚

Palliative care represents an established component in the management of advanced solid tumors (ST) [1, 2]. In contrast, the role of palliative care in patients with hematologic malignancies (HM) is not well defined. However, available data indicate that individuals with HM receive palliative care less frequently and later in the course of disease than their counterparts with ST [3, 4, 5, 6, 7].

To shed more light on characteristics and course of patients with HM receiving specialized inpatient palliative care and to detect possible differences in comparison with individuals with ST, we conducted an analysis comprising 1636 cancer patients who had been treated at the palliative care unit of the Department for Palliative Medicine of the University Hospital Cologne between 2010 and 2014 (admission after January 1, 2010, discharge or death before December 31, 2014). Among those, 159 (9.7%) had HM and 1474 (90.1%) had ST (Table 1). The ratio between patients with HM and...


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The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.

Ethical approval

Given the non-interventional retrospective nature of the study, no ethical approval for its conduct was necessary according to the policy of the ethics committee of the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Cologne. For the same reason, no informed consent had to be obtained from the included patients.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.First Department of Internal Medicine, Center for Integrated Oncology Aachen Bonn Cologne DusseldorfUniversity of CologneCologneGermany
  2. 2.Department of Palliative Medicine, Center for Integrated Oncology Aachen Bonn Cologne DusseldorfUniversity of CologneCologneGermany

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