New tool may help patients with cancer get earlier palliative care
from Cure Today
A new tool is helping healthcare providers determine who will benefit from palliative care starting early in the course of their treatment for cancer, according to the authors of a pilot study whose results were presented Sept. 9, during the 2017 European Society for Medical Oncology Congress in Madrid, Spain. The "Triggers" tool was developed by the London Cancer Alliance and is currently being piloted at the Royal Marsden NHS Foundation, a cancer treatment center in London. Health care professionals can assess the needs of their patients and determine if they are a good fit for palliative care, to be given alongside active treatment.
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