Palliative Care for the Patient With Incurable Cancer or Advanced Disease Part 1: Approach to Care

This is a clinical practice guideline for adult patients with incurable cancer or other end-stage diseases. The guideline examines palliative care assessment and management strategies for these patients. Topics discussed include the establishment of goals of care with patients and families, coordination of care with allied health care providers, monitoring of the patient’s functional capacity, evaluation of symptom burden, non-pharmacologic and pharmacologic management strategies, referral to specialists (including referral to tertiary palliative care units or local hospice palliative care programs), medical assistance in dying, the end-of-life care checklist, as well as approaches to death and bereavement.