Additional training, reimbursement may foster these critical conversations, authors say
All patients with painful bone metastasis should be referred for palliative radiotherapy to relieve the pain, regardless of age.
Overly aggressive or futile care at the end of a patient's life is particularly costly, both in dollars and in terms of patients' quality of life.
Hypnotic analgesia has been linked with significant reductions in pain-related outcomes.
A lack of awareness of palliative care and dearth of training remain large obstacles.
Embedded palliative care teams can be highly effective in transforming care within oncology centers.
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