Palliative care for elderly patients with advanced cancer: A long-term intervention for end-of-life care

Elaine M. Wittenberg-Lyles, Sandra Sanchez-Reilly

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Objective: This essay identifies elderly cancer patients as a population that experiences cancer-related health disparities at the end-of-life. Methods: While hospice and palliative care (PC) are care options for this population, it is argued that PC prior to hospice will yield numerous benefits for long-term end-of-life care. Results: It is theorized that PC prior to hospice will be beneficial in meeting the family's needs in a timely and adequate manner, improving quality of life, increasing caregiver satisfaction and communication, possibly delay institutionalization of the patient, and may ultimately impact bereavement. Conclusion: Patients would be able to benefit from PC in an early stage of their disease, positively influencing older cancer patients and families. Practice implications: Long-term assessment of the impact of PC prior to hospice is proposed as a promising direction of future research.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)351-355
Number of pages5
JournalPatient Education and Counseling
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 1 2008



  • Advanced cancer
  • Elderly
  • Palliative care

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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