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Patients with cancer often face significant distress from their symptoms, especially near the end of life. However, prompt palliation of these symptoms can be complex since symptoms may occur in clusters, may be cancer- or treatment-related, and frequently require a multidisciplinary approach to...
The purpose of this review is to summarize the current literature on the effects of cancer treatment–related cognitive difficulties, with a focus on the effects of chemotherapy. Numerous patients have cognitive difficulties during and after cancer treatments and, for some, these effects last...
Traditionally, anticancer therapy has focused on eradication of neoplastic tissue, predominantly by invasive and/or toxic treatments. In modern studies, patient-reported outcomes (PROs) have become more common, and give a true picture of toxicity. Increased consideration of subjective patient...
Traditionally, medical oncology has focused on the active period of diagnosis, treatment and follow-up of cancer patients, and palliative medicine, the pre-terminal and end-of-life phases. Palliative medicine physicians have particular expertise in communication and symptom control, especially,...
The request and use of nonpharmacologic interventions and complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) in cancer survivors is increasing. Given the large number of breast cancer survivors and the multiple treatment-related symptoms they endure, it is important for physicians to be aware of the...
Most cancer patients will require radiation therapy some time during their disease. Thirty percent to 50% of all radiation treatments are palliative, either to alleviate symptoms or prophylactic to prevent deterioration of quality of life from local progressive disease. Radiotherapy is a locally...
Cancer rehabilitation is the subspecialty of rehabilitation medicine concerned with restoring and maintaining the highest possible level of function, independence, and quality of life to patients at all stages of their cancer diagnosis, including those undergoing potentially curative therapy and...
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