ESMO E-Learning: Integrated Oncology and Palliative Care (Part 1 and 2)

Learning Objectives

  • To describe the key contents, timeframe and service models of modern palliative cancer care.
  • To apply palliative care principles to the indication and delivery of systemic antineoplastic treatment.
  • To name the details and examples for the 13 criteria of the ESMO designated centers for integrated oncology and palliative care programme.
Title Duration Content CME Points CME Test
Integrated Oncology and Palliative Care (Part 1) 28 min. 33 slides 1 Take Test
Integrated Oncology and Palliative Care (Part 2) 23 min. 23 slides 1 Take Test
Florian Strasser
Florian Strasser
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Palliative care is an approach that improves the quality of life of patients and their families facing the problems associated with life-threatening diseases. It provides relief from distressing symptoms of disease, integrates the psychological and spiritual aspects of patient care, offers a support system to help patients live as actively as possible until death, and offers a support system to help the family cope during the course of disease. Palliative care uses a team approach to address the needs of patients and their families and is applicable early in the course of illness, in conjunction with other therapies.

This presentation outlines key contents and time frame of palliative care, anticancer treatments to alleviate or prevent cancer-related suffering, and scientific evaluation of best supportive care. It also reviews service models of integrated oncology and palliative care, and criteria of the ESMO incentive programme of Designated Centres in Integrated Oncology and Palliative Care.

Additional to already mentioned topics, it should be noted that this presentation covers requirements for specialist palliative care competencies and a need for formal training in palliative care, as well as a set of policies about the role of the oncologist in the provision of supportive and palliative care. It clearly underlines how palliative care principles shall be applied in the full trajectory of advanced, incurable cancer patients until death, including anticancer treatment decisions, delivery and cessation.

The module covers extensively how service models of integrated oncology and palliative care shall be supported by oncology, developed and quality-based processes adapted to the local organisational structures, and therefore, it is very suitable to advise how to start-up and develop new palliative care services.

Last update: 15 March 2012

The author has reported no conflict of interest.