Improving Palliative Care for Cancer

0051c070_medium Author Hellen Gelband and Kathleen M. Foley
Isbn 9780309074025
File size 6MB
Year 2001
Pages 343
Language
File format PDF
Category Fitness

Book Description:

This book examines the barriers—scientific, policy, and social—that keep those in need from getting good palliative care.

In our society’s aggressive pursuit of cures for cancer, we have neglected symptom control and comfort care. Less than one percent of the National Cancer Institute’s budget is spent on any aspect of palliative care research or education, despite the half million people who die of cancer each year and the larger number living with cancer and its symptoms.

It goes on to recommend public- and private-sector actions that would lead to the development of more effective palliative interventions; better information about currently used interventions; and greater knowledge about, and access to, palliative care for all those with cancer who would benefit from it.

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