Palliative Care for Cancer and Treatment-Related Changes for Inpatients

  • Geoffrey P. Dunn
  • Jennifer Pruskowski
  • Lisa K. Simonian


Accumulating public and professional experience with a growing evidence base has established palliative care support as an integral part of cancer care, ideally from the time of diagnosis in most instances. As palliative care continues to mainstream itself, the dated and dichotomous view of “cure versus palliation” should fade as curable patients are comforted and incurable patients live better and longer. Although the in-hospital admission for the cancer patient hazards dignity, comfort, and quality of life, it now provides the opportunity through palliative care support to transform the cancer journey from one shadowed by despair to a purposeful one of affirmation.


Inpatient palliative care Oncologic palliative care Cancer supportive care Palliative care consultation 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Geoffrey P. Dunn
    • 1
  • Jennifer Pruskowski
    • 2
  • Lisa K. Simonian
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Surgery, Palliative Care Consultation ServiceUPMC HamotErieUSA
  2. 2.Department of Pharmacy and TherapeuticsUniversity of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Palliative Supportive Institute (PSI)PittsburghUSA
  3. 3.Palliative Care Consultation ServiceUPMC HamotErieUSA

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