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Hospital-based Palliative Care TeamsThe Hospital/Hospice Interface$
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R. J. Dunlop and J. M. Hockley

Print publication date: 1998

Print ISBN-13: 9780192629807

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192629807.001.0001

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The pain clinic and palliative oncology

The pain clinic and palliative oncology

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There are three services that a palliative care team may be specifically involved with: the pain clinic, radiotherapy, and medical oncology. This chapter reviews the contribution of these services to the care of patients with advanced cancer. The pain clinic and oncology services have an important role in treating pain and other symptoms of advanced cancer. Obviously, the role of the palliative care team can overlap with these services. There is the potential for misunderstanding and conflict; although such services may feel threatened by a palliative care team, the problem is not one-sided. If palliative care team members have not worked in a pain clinic or oncology ward, they may be ignorant of the benefits these services can offer. The chapter also considers the available techniques, hormone and chemotherapy, and working with oncology services.

Keywords:   pain clinic, medical oncology, chemotherapy, oncology services, hormone therapy, cancer treatment

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