ESMO Urges Improved Supportive, Palliative Care for Cancer Patients

ESMO Urges Improved Supportive, Palliative Care for Cancer Patients
The European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO) has released a new position paper on supportive and palliative care that advocates for integrating patient-centered care into overall anticancer treatment by a multi-disciplinary team (MDT). The paper, “European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO) position paper on supportive and palliative care,” was published in the journal Annals of Oncology. About 14.1 million people worldwide are diagnosed with cancer every year. As scientific research has progressed, more people are now cured or living longer with the disease. Nonetheless, a diagnosis of cancer is extremely stressful to patients. Depending on the cancer diagnosis, patients receive different treatments. Along with those treatments, patients need help to prevent or improve side effects. They also need help coping with the disease. At any stage of cancer diagnosis and treatment, patients need physical, psychological, social, existential and spiritual support, and rehabilitation, the ESMO states. "New studies in the field of supportive and palliative care show that there may be a gap between what doctors think is important or disturbing for patients, and what patients really need,” Karin Jordan, MD, Department of Medicine V, Haematology, Oncology and Rheumatology, University of Heidelberg, Germany, said in a press release. The best management of the
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