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Cancer survivors are living 'in limbo' with unmet needs for care
Date:5/28/2008

Professor of Medical Oncology (also at the University of Edinburgh), have co-edited a special issue of the European Journal of Cancer on Palliative Care [1], timed to coincide with one of the worlds largest cancer conferences, the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) conference, which starts tomorrow (Friday 30 May) in Chicago (USA).

The EJC is the official journal of ECCO the European CanCer Organisation and Prof Smyth is its editor-in-chief as well as being a past president of ECCO.

We aim to use this special issue to bridge the gap between oncology and palliative care, and to encourage integration between the two disciplines, says Prof Fallon. Collaborations and systems need to be developed to care for patients at all stages of their disease and not just those who have a formal diagnosis of recurrent or advanced cancer.

In their EJC joint paper, Profs Fallon and Smyth write: We need to develop a particular supportive care model for sick patients and traditional palliative care expertise should feed into this model. Life and illness are a continuum and our patients do not always fit into well-defined boxes. As specialists, our challenge is to accommodate this continuum rather than restrict it.

Prof Smyth says: Europe has led the way in the development of palliative care, which is now an increasing focus of attention in the USA. The EJC special issue on Palliative Care will be available at ASCO and Prof Smyth will be highlighting it in discussions at the conference.

Professor Alexander M.M. Eggermont, current ECCO president, commented: This is an important special issue of the EJC, for everyone to read and discuss its content. To be cured from cancer, but living with symptoms that are related to often complex multidisciplinary treatments involving surgery, radiation therapy and chemotherapy is already difficult enough. To reintegrate into society, resuming work full or part-time adds to the complexities and soc
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ECCO-the European CanCer Organisation
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