Who’s talking to who during transitions

Commentary by Dr. Martin Chasen

The article by Ullgren, Kirkpatrick et al entitled “Working insilos? – Head & Neck cancer patients during and after treatment with or without early palliative care referral” describes how care transition from acute oncological treatment to home palliative care impacted on QoL and informational needs.

Data was collected from 203 patients out of 289 patients (70%) which is a better than expected number of respondents to electronic surveys. The results indicate that the lowest reported functional scale was global health and fatigue was the highest. Patients with a written care plan were more satisfied with the information regarding selfcare compared to patients not having a written care plan. The disturbing finding was …


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Dr. Matti S. Aapro: Editor-in-Chief

Dr. Matti Aapro received his medical degree from the Faculty of Medicine, University of Geneva, Switzerland. He was a fellow...

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Florian Scotté MD PHD is a medical oncologist in the Department of Oncology at the Georges Pompidou European Hospital, where...

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Carla Ida Ripamonti, M.D. specializes in medical oncology and clinical pharmacology. She is currently the Head of Supportive Care in...

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Dr Ricardo Caponero graduated in Medicine from Universidade de São Paulo, in 1984. Followed by a Fellowship in Radiotherapy at...

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ACADEMIC POSITIONS: Senior Research Associate, the Department of Research of New Anticancer Drugs with Out-patients Chemotherapy Unit, N.N.Blokhin Russian Cancer...

Dr Martin Chasen - Section Editor

Dr. Martin Chasen is currently the Medical Director of Palliative Care, at WOHS (William Osler Health System), previously Medical Director,...

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Dr. Karin Jordan graduated from Martin Luther University of Halle-Wittenberg, Germany, after internships in the bone-marrow transplantation program at the...

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Jørn Herrstedt, MD, DMSci, is Professor in Clinical Oncology at the University of Southern Denmark and Senior Consultant at the...

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