Navigation and palliative care (pages 3583–3589)
Joshua Hauser, Melissa Sileo, Nicole Araneta, Rachel Kirk, Jeanne Martinez, Katie Finn, Joanne Calista, Ercilia Calcano, Lynda Thibodaux, Carol Harney, Kelli Bass and Mary Kathryn Rodrigue
Article first published online: 20 JUL 2011 | DOI: 10.1002/cncr.26266
Patient navigation represents an opportunity to further the integration of palliative care with standard cancer care. This article defines palliative and hospice care and describes some of the current challenges of integrating palliative care into other forms of care. It also considers outcomes that navigation might be expected to improve for patients receiving palliative care or enrolled in hospice, including symptom relief; communication efficacy; transitions of care; and access to palliative care, hospice, and bereavement care for families.