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Palliative care: patient’s autonomy in the end-of-life situation

verfasst von: Bert Engelhardt, MD

Erschienen in: memo - Magazine of European Medical Oncology | Ausgabe 1/2022

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Summary

Palliative care has evolved over the past five decades as an interprofessional specialty to improve quality of life and quality of care for patients with cancer and their families. The main objective in an end-of-life (EOL) situation is to maintain the autonomy and the dignity of the patient as much as possible. Due to the severity of progressive diseases and as a result of the poor general condition of the patient, their autonomy is often endangered. This case report presents a 70-year-old woman who suffered from hepatic and bone metastases from cancer of unknown primary (CUP) in a palliative setting and discusses the supportive treatment opportunities as well as the ethical thoughts about her autonomy.
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Metadaten
Titel
Palliative care: patient’s autonomy in the end-of-life situation
verfasst von
Bert Engelhardt, MD
Publikationsdatum
04.01.2022
Verlag
Springer Vienna
Erschienen in
memo - Magazine of European Medical Oncology / Ausgabe 1/2022
Print ISSN: 1865-5041
Elektronische ISSN: 1865-5076
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/s12254-021-00783-5

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