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Letters Palliative radiotherapy

Palliative radiotherapy and holistic palliative care together

BMJ 2018; 361 doi: (Published 09 May 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;361:k1875
  1. Scott A Murray, St Columba’s Hospice chair of primary palliative care1,
  2. Debbie Cavers, CSO research fellow2,
  3. Emma Carduff, research lead3,
  4. Sebastien Moine, general practitioner4
  1. 1Primary Palliative Care Research Group, University of Edinburgh, Usher Institute of Population Health Sciences and Informatics, Medical School, Edinburgh EH8 9AG, UK
  2. 2Cancer and Primary Care Research Group, University of Edinburgh, Usher Institute, Edinburgh, UK
  3. 3Marie Curie Hospice Glasgow, Glasgow, UK
  4. 4Health Education and Practices Laboratory, University of Paris 13, Bobigny; SimUSanté, Amiens University Hospital, Paris, France
  1. scott.murray{at}

We were delighted to read Spencer and colleagues’ excellent review of palliative radiotherapy aimed at general practitioners.1 But its last learning point, that “holistic palliative care may be more appropriate” in the final weeks of life, may mislead readers that they must choose one or the …

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