Advanced cancer patients have better quality of life when radiotherapy and palliative care are coordinated

A collaborative, patient reported outcome (PRO)-based approach by palliative care and radiation oncology teams, results in better outpatient symptom management and a decrease in end-of-life hospitalizations and costs for late-stage cancer patients according to research presented today at the American Society for Radiation Oncology’s (ASTRO’s) 57th Annual Meeting. The data also showed that through the implementation of rapid palliative radiotherapy that includes shorter, higher doses of radiation therapy, many patients experience pain relief within one week of treatment.