End-of-Life Communication in Cancer Care

  • Wen-ying Sylvia Chou
  • Karley Abramson
  • Lee Ellington


Enabling optimal end-of-life care and effective communication presents a key priority in cancer care. While communication at the end of life continues to be fraught with challenges and barriers, concerted efforts have been made in recent years to improve communication and alleviate burden and suffering for seriously ill cancer patients and their families. This chapter reviews key advances in end-of-life communication in research and practice. Beginning with the historical context, we identify major domains of end-of-life communication, describe key intervention efforts oriented towards providers, patients and caregivers, as well as the clinical systems, and highlight remaining research questions and future directions.


Palliative Care Communication Intervention Informal Caregiver Health Information Technology Advance Care Planning 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Wen-ying Sylvia Chou
    • 1
  • Karley Abramson
    • 2
    • 3
  • Lee Ellington
    • 4
  1. 1.Health Communication and Informatics Research Branch, Division of Cancer Control and Population SciencesNational Cancer Institute, National Institutes of HealthBethesdaUSA
  2. 2.National Cancer InstituteBethesdaUSA
  3. 3.University of Michigan School of LawAnn ArborUSA
  4. 4.University of UtahSalt Lake CityUSA

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