Chapter 5

Palliative Care Assessment

J. Jones,    University of Pennsylvania Health System, Philadelphia, PA, United States

Abstract

Palliative radiotherapy can be highly effective in the management of complex symptoms of advanced cancer. However, a detailed assessment of patient and family, including an evaluation of overall distress, symptom burden, illness understanding, and goals of care is imperative in informing decision-making in patients with advanced cancer. This chapter outlines how to conceptualize differences between palliative and curative radiotherapy. Further, the chapter outlines an approach to patient and family that introduces fundamental concepts in palliative medicine, screening tools for assessing patients and families referred ...

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