Characteristics and course of patients with advanced hematologic malignancies receiving specialized inpatient palliative care at a German university hospital
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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].
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The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.
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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