Managing chronic diseasesBMJ 2005; 330 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.330.7497.963 (Published 21 April 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:963
Palliative care spectrum starts early on
- Peter Cox, sarcoma survivor (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Systems 4, Gidea Park, Essex RM2 6AH
EDITOR—Palliative care does not start when a patient is dying.1 A whole spectrum of palliation begins from the day of diagnosis of a potentially terminal disease, such as soft tissue sarcoma.
Palliation, in the sense of needing to absorb what this means for the patient, becomes even then a medical imperative. The “How long have I got, Doc?” question …