Palliative Care: The Importance of Early Integration into the Cancer Care Continuum (26:35)

a seminar included in:

COURSE: Core Competencies in Interdisciplinary Cancer Rehabilitation



Palliative care is an extra layer of support from the interdisciplinary cancer care team that is provided in addition to primary cancer medical treatments to help manage distressing symptoms and prioritize the emotional and spiritual needs of patients and caregivers who are affected by cancer.

Research shows that Americans do not fully understand “palliative care” or how it translates to patients, caregivers, family members, and healthcare professionals. As such, our healthcare system often provides subpar access to and experiences poor utilization of palliative care services.

In this presentation, the educator discusses the palliative care philosophy and the principles and goals of palliation for the patient, family, and caregiver. The audience will learn to differentiate between palliative and hospice care. They will also be informed of current research findings and explore additional resources for clinician, patient, and caregiver support.

The presenter emphasizes the important role that the interdisciplinary cancer care team should play in early triage into palliative care for patients with chronic disease to decrease symptom burden and improve quality of life, overall survivorship, and reduced overall cost of cancer care.


  • Define and understand the philosophy and approach to palliative care
  • Review the principles and goals of palliative care
  • Discuss the importance of an interdisciplinary team approach within palliative care
  • Review current research on palliative care regarding quality of life, overall survivorship, and cost of care
  • Discuss the role of the rehabilitation team and the interventions provided for cancer as a chronic disease
  • Identify palliative care resources available to patients and health care professionals