Palliative radiation therapy is one form of palliative therapy treatment for the symptoms of a medical problem that doesnt treat the problem itself its considered comfort care and is mainly intended to improve a patients quality of life. This textbookradiation oncology in palliative cancer care represents the full evolution of radiation therapy and of oncology in general it is an acknowledgment that palliative radiotherapy is now a sub specialty of radiation oncology this formally makes palliative radiotherapy a . Radiotherapy is a successful time efficient well tolerated and cost effective intervention that is crucial for the appropriate delivery of palliative oncology care the distinction between curative and palliative goals is blurred in many patients with cancer requiring that treatments be chosen . Radiation oncology in palliative cancer care edited by stephen lutz md ms radiation oncologist department of radiation oncology blanchard valley regional cancer center. The american society of clinical oncology recommends that all patients with advanced cancer receive palliative care et al integration of palliative care into standard oncology care american society of clinical oncology clinical practice guideline update journal of clinical oncology radiation therapy to treat cancer taking time
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