Practical tools for implementing early palliative care in advanced lung cancer
Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences
University Hospital Antwerp
The European respiratory journal. - Copenhagen
, p. 1010-1012
University of Antwerp
We read with interest the article by Blum and Schönfeld . Early introduction of palliative care (EPC) in the management of patients with advanced lung cancer is recommended because it improves quality of life and tends to produce better survival . Hospital-based palliative teams mainly focus on terminal care for hospitalised patients. Involvement of the treating pulmonologist in this setting is warranted, as stated by Blum and Schönfeld . We would like to show you how we started EPC in collaboration with the palliative team in our hospital (table 1).