NORWALK, Conn., Jan. 18, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Jamie H. Von Roenn, MD, professor of medicine at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and a nationally recognized leader in the field of palliative medicine, believes that cancer patients do best on a number of counts, including improved survival, when palliative care is integrated into their care from the time of their cancer diagnosis. Citing empirical data, Dr. Von Roenn and coauthor Kavitha Ramchandran, MD, make a strong case for this model of palliative and oncologic care integration in their recent article in the UBM Medica journal ONCOLOGY.
The article, Palliative Care Always presents evidence demonstrating that providing palliative care concurrently with oncologic care improves symptom control, the quality of life of both patients and families, physician satisfaction, the cost-efficiency of treatment, and even overall survival.
Accompanying the review article is an editorial by ONCOLOGY Editor-in-Chief Nora Janjan, MD, MPSA, MBA. The editorial addresses a somewhat neglected side effect of the relative newness of the palliative care field—namely, that many interventions targeting symptoms are not controlled for in clinical trials, yet may affect outcomes. Dr. Janjan makes the case that the protocols for such trials should include guideline-based criteria for the management of all cancer symptoms.
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