Palliative Care and Rehabilitation of Cancer Patients

  • Charles F. von Gunten

Part of the Cancer Treatment and Research book series (CTAR, volume 100)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Russell K. Portenoy, Gerri Frager
    Pages 1-29
  3. Richard M. Goldberg, Charles L. Loprinzi
    Pages 31-41
  4. Nigel Sykes
    Pages 43-57
  5. Carol L. Davis
    Pages 59-73
  6. James A. Sliwa, Christina Marciniak
    Pages 75-89
  7. Jeri A. Logemann
    Pages 91-105
  8. Krystina Kiel, Paula Kopp
    Pages 107-133
  9. Cletus R. Georges, Kevin T. McVary
    Pages 135-160
  10. Eduardo Bruera, Jose Pereira
    Pages 161-183
  11. Neil MacDonald
    Pages 185-201
  12. Marianne J. Brady, David Cella
    Pages 203-216
  13. Back Matter
    Pages 217-225

About this book


Introduction The prevailing model of medical care for patients with cancer emphasizes the curative efforts of medical technology toward the eradication of the disease. Yet the suffering of the patient as a result of both the disease and our efforts to treat it is often overlooked. If we are to improve the survival of patients with cancer, it will be through intensive research into the molecular under­ pinnings of the disease and clinical trials of new therapies. However, it is essen­ tial to recognize and address the suffering of cancer patients as they are being treated. It is the purpose of this book to illuminate and advance the preven­ tion and treatment of suffering as part of the continuum of care for patients with cancer. Fundamental concepts Since the time of Hippocrates in the fifth century B.c., there have been two overall goals for the physician: • Cure of disease • Relief of suffering From our vantage point in the late twentieth century looking back at previ­ ous centuries, it is easy to observe that, aside from surgery, much of the medical care administered to patients with cancer was aimed at relieving the suffering associated with illness. It wasn't until the concept of disease (as opposed to illness) was elucidated and the scientific method was applied to understand­ ing and eradicating cancer that significant strides were made to improve the physician's ability to cure cancer.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Charles F. von Gunten
    • 1
  1. 1.Center for Palliative StudiesSan Diego HospiceSan DiegoUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Kluwer Academic Publishers 1999
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4613-7272-1
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4615-5003-7
  • Series Print ISSN 0927-3042
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