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Managing chronic diseases

BMJ 2005; 330 doi: (Published 21 April 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:963

Palliative care spectrum starts early on

  1. Peter Cox, sarcoma survivor (
  1. 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 …

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