Editorial in JOP from Chair of ASCO’s Quality of Care Committee Highlights Importance of Palliative Care

April 17, 2017

A new editorial in the Journal of Oncology Practice (JOP), “Making the Right Thing Easier to Do: Standardized Integration of Oncology and Palliative Care,” from Arif H. Kamal, MD, MBA, MHS, FAAHPM, expounds on a recent study that highlights the need for palliative care and the feasibility of its integration into a standard model of oncology care.

Palliative care assessment and management spans a large number of services for both patients and their families. Palliative care supports a patient’s physical, emotional, spiritual, and social needs from diagnosis through treatment and beyond. Dr. Kamal is not only a champion of palliative care in oncology, but also serves as the chair of ASCO’s Quality of Care Committee.

Dr. Kamal reflects on a recent JOP study by Adelson et al that demonstrates how to deploy palliative care services to the patients who will benefit the most, stating, “we have established that palliative care is the right thing to do. Now we need to grow the evidence base for how to make it easier to do.”

ASCO strongly supports the integration of palliative care into standard oncology care. In ASCO’s most recent guideline update, a convened panel of experts recommend that patients with advanced cancer, inpatients and outpatients, should receive dedicated palliative care services early in the disease course and concurrent with active treatment.

Read more about ASCO efforts in palliative care.

Read the full editorial from Dr. Kamal and study from Adelson et al.