Palliative Care in Oncology

  • Bernd Alt-Epping
  • Friedemann Nauck

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Oncology and Palliative Care: Disease Specific Perspectives

  3. Symptom Control

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 49-49
    2. Steffen Eychmüller
      Pages 51-58
    3. Christoph Ostgathe, Bernd-Oliver Maier
      Pages 59-78
    4. Clemens Friedrich Hess, Andrea Hille, Hendrik A. Wolff
      Pages 79-91
    5. Philip J. Larkin
      Pages 93-107
  4. The Final Phase

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 109-109
    2. Andrew F. Khodabukus, John E. Ellershaw
      Pages 111-122
    3. Friedemann Nauck
      Pages 123-133
  5. Pharmacological Aspects

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 135-135
    2. Constanze Rémi, Claudia Bausewein
      Pages 137-156
    3. Theresa Stehmer, Stephen A. Bernard
      Pages 157-185
  6. Policy and Structures

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 187-187
    2. Jan Gaertner, Jürgen Wolf, Thomas J. Smith
      Pages 203-227
    3. Daniela Weber, Matthias Gründel, Anja Mehnert
      Pages 229-245
    4. Richard A. Powell, Charmaine L. Blanchard, Liliana de Lima, Stephen R. Connor, M. R. Rajagopal
      Pages 247-269
  7. Ethical Aspects

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 271-271
    2. Bernd Alt-Epping, Friedemann Nauck
      Pages 273-281
  8. Perspectives

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 297-297
    2. Stein Kaasa, Jon Håvard Loge
      Pages 299-308

About this book


Palliative care provides comprehensive support for severely affected patients with any life-limiting or life-threatening diagnosis. To do this effectively, it requires a disease-specific approach as the patients’ needs and clinical context will vary depending on the underlying diagnosis. Experts in the field of palliative care and oncology describe in detail the needs of patients with advanced cancer in comparison to those with non-cancer disease and also identify the requirements of patients with different cancer entities. Basic principles of symptom control are explained, with careful attention to therapy for pain associated with either the cancer or its treatment and to symptom-guided antineoplastic therapy. Complex therapeutic strategies for palliative cancer patients are highlighted that involve both cancer- and symptom-directed options and address a range of therapeutic aims. Issues relating to drug use in palliative cancer care are fully explored, and a separate section is devoted to care in the final phase. A range of organizational and policy issues are also discussed, and the book concludes by considering likely future developments in palliative care for cancer patients. Palliative Care in Oncology will be of particular interest to palliative care physicians who are interested in broadening the scope of their disease-specific knowledge, as well as to oncologists who wish to learn more about modern palliative care concepts relevant to their day-to-day work with cancer patients.


Disease Specific Perspectives Final Phase Palliative Care and Oncology Pharmacology Symptom Control

Editors and affiliations

  • Bernd Alt-Epping
    • 1
  • Friedemann Nauck
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Palliative MedicineUniversity Medical CenterGöttingenGermany
  2. 2.Department of Palliative MedicineUniversity Medical CenterGöttingenGermany

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2015
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Medicine
  • Print ISBN 978-3-662-46201-0
  • Online ISBN 978-3-662-46202-7
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