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Erschienen in: memo - Magazine of European Medical Oncology 1/2020

09.01.2020 | short review

Importance of avoiding late cancer-directed therapy in terminally ill cancer patients

verfasst von: MSc Dr. Daniela Jahn-Kuch

Erschienen in: memo - Magazine of European Medical Oncology | Ausgabe 1/2020

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Summary

It is undeniably a great challenge to adequately weigh the benefits and harms of tumor-specific therapy near the end of life and to find the right time for changing the objective of therapy to palliative care alone. In a curative situation, the “survival” benefit of the treatment outweighs its potential harm due to side effects. However, things are different when the possibility of cure is ruled out. Important prerequisites to avoid overly zealous care are adequate communication about the therapeutic options and consensus between the doctor and the patient with regard to the (realistic) therapeutic goal, a realistic estimated prognosis and early integration of palliative care.
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Metadaten
Titel
Importance of avoiding late cancer-directed therapy in terminally ill cancer patients
verfasst von
MSc Dr. Daniela Jahn-Kuch
Publikationsdatum
09.01.2020
Verlag
Springer Vienna
Erschienen in
memo - Magazine of European Medical Oncology / Ausgabe 1/2020
Print ISSN: 1865-5041
Elektronische ISSN: 1865-5076
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/s12254-019-00564-1