Download Radiation Oncology in Palliative Cancer Care 1st Edition PDF Free

Download Radiation Oncology in Palliative Cancer Care 1st Edition PDF Free
by Stephen Lutz  (Editor), Edward Chow (Editor), Peter Hoskin (Editor)

This textbook, Radiation 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 priority within patient care, academic research, quality assurance, and medical education.” – From the Foreword by Nora Janjan, MD, MPSA, MBA, National Center for Policy Analysis, Dallas, TX, USA

Palliative Medicine is the professional medical practice of prevention and relief of suffering and the support of the best possible quality of life for patients and their families, regardless of the stage of the disease or the need for other therapies. The most common cause for palliative care referral is terminal cancer, and a large proportion of those referrals include patients who will need palliative radiotherapy during the course of their disease. Still, there are barriers to coordinated care between radiation oncologists and palliative care physicians that differ from one country to another. Until now, one overarching limitation to appropriate concurrent care between the specialties across all countries has been the lack of a comprehensive yet concise reference resource that educates each of the specialties about the potential synergistic effects of their cooperation. This book fills that void.

Radiation Oncology in Palliative Cancer Care:

Is the first book-length treatment of this important topic available on the market Is authored by world-renowned experts in radiation oncology and palliative medicine Uses a multidisciplinary approach to content and patient treatment Features decision trees for palliative radiotherapy based upon factors such as patient performance status and prognosis
Pays careful attention to current best practices and controversies in the delivery of end-of-life cancer care
This book is an important resource for practicing radiation oncologists and radiation oncologists in training, as well as hospice and palliative medicine physicians and nurses, medical oncologists, and geriatricians.

The third factor involved both the economics of health care, and the limited  health-care resources faced in all nations. In the United States, last-year-of-life  expenditures constituted 26% of the entire Medicare budget [1]. Many governments have dealt with spiraling health-care costs by developing guidelines  for  care  that  incorporate  comparative  effectiveness  research.  The  potential  impact and main priority for comparative effectiveness research is based on  prevalence,  disease  burden,  variability  in  outcomes,  and  costs  of  care.  The  most efficient means of delivering effective cancer treatment is an economic  priority for all nations. Additionally, access to care with limited health-care  resources  is  especially  prevalent  in middle  and  low-income  nations.  These  economic and resource issues in health care prompted international clinical  trials that evaluated the most efficient radiotherapeutic fractionation for the  treatment of bone metastases. Clinical trials that address economics as well  as outcomes, like that of the international palliative bone metastases trial, will  not only influence palliative treatment approaches, but every aspect of cancer  therapy in the future.
This textbook is an acknowledgment that palliative radiotherapy is now a sub-specialty  of  radiation  oncology.  This  formally  makes  palliative  radiotherapy a priority within patient care, academic research, quality assurance, and  medical  education.  However,  the  principles  of  palliation  were  the  first precepts of cancer treatment, and were first applied by radiation oncologists. The priorities of the past have now evolved to the priorities of the future

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