The role of the family doctor in palliative care of the oncological patient

Asist. univ. Dr. Teodora Alexa-Stratulat
Universitatea de Medicină și Farmacie Grigore T Popa, Iași, România, Oncologie

Abstract

The increase in the frequency of oncological diseases, together with the improvement of post-diagnosis survival, has led to a significant increase in the population segment made up of patients and cancer survivors. The guidelines in force recommend the initiation of palliative care as early as possible in the continuum of the oncological disease, but there are currently not enough specialized doctors to cover this need.

In this context, the family doctor becomes an essential element in the multidisciplinary care team, providing data on the present status of patients, initiating or continuing palliative care and elaborating the palliative care report. Also, due to the close relationship between the family doctor, the patient and the family, this may be able to communicate the oncological diagnosis, to offer psycho-emotional support and to identify early the signs and symptoms that suggest chronic toxicities secondary to anti-neoplazic therapy.

Keywords: family doctor, cancer, home care

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