WHO Guide for effective programs, cancer control: Knowledge into action. Palliative Care

Organize cancer palliative care services across all levels of care

All countries, rich or poor, that implement palliative care with a public health approach need to integrate the services at all levels of care in order to ensure accessibility to the whole target population.

Comprehensive palliative care includes the following services:

  • Management of complications of treatment and the disease
  • Management of pain and other symptoms
  • Psychosocial care for patients and caregivers
  • Spiritual understanding and approaches for patients and caregivers
  • Care of the dying
  • Bereavement care.
    • Access to controlled medicines

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