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Cicely Saunders

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780198570530

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198570530.001.0001

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The Need for Institutional Care for the Patient with Advanced Cancer

The Need for Institutional Care for the Patient with Advanced Cancer

First published in Anniversary Volume, Cancer Institute, Madras (1964), pp. 1–8.

(p.71) 13 The Need for Institutional Care for the Patient with Advanced Cancer
Cicely Saunders

Cicely Saunders

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This article was published in a special anniversary volume of the Cancer Institute of Madras and advocates the ‘total care’ of terminally ill patients — the first use of a term that would later be so widely adopted. This is linked in turn to other aspects of cancer treatment at earlier stages of the disease, so that ‘The provision of an institution primarily devoted to what is often called terminal care should not be thought of as a separate and essentially negative part of the attack on cancer. This is not merely the phase of defeat, hard to contemplate and unrewarding to carry out. In many ways its principles are fundamentally the same as those which underlay all the other stages of care and treatment although its rewards are different’.

Keywords:   Cancer Institute, cancer treatment, total care, Madras, rewards

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