Focused Issue on Clinical Challenges and Pitfalls in Early Palliative Care: Practical Knowledge and Guidance from Other Medical Specialties

Posted On 2019-07-02 06:44:08



This focused issue on “Clinical Challenges and Pitfalls in Early Palliative Care” is edited by Dr. Jan Gaertner from Palliative Care Center Hildegard, Basel, Switzerland; and Dr. Fiona Lim from Department of Oncology, Princess Margaret Hospital, Hong Kong

Dr. Jan Gaertner graduated from Medical School in Aachen, Germany. He is an anesthetist and specialist in Pain Management and Palliative Care. Clinically, his main interest was the establishment of sustainable interdisciplinary models for the provision of early concurrent specialist palliative care in comprehensive cancer care and other medical fields. In this field, he is also an experienced researcher and contributed numerous journal articles on early palliative care, symptom management and other aspects of palliative care.

Dr. Fiona Lim graduated from The University of Hong Kong in 2006. She received residency training in clinical oncology in Department of Oncology, Princess Margaret Hospital. She obtained the fellowship in Royal College of Radiologist in Clinical Oncology and diploma in Palliative Medicine (Cardiff University) in 2014. She is also the honorary clinical assistant professor at the Department of Oncology (The University of Hong Kong), Department of Medicine and Therapeutics (The Chinese University of Hong Kong), Scholl of Pharmacy (The Chinese University of Hong Kong) and visiting lecturer for Department of Health Technology and Informatics (The Hong Kong Polytechnic University). She received further overseas training in stereotactic body radiotherapy and image-guided brachytherapy in Sunnybrook Health Sciences Center, Toronto and Mount Vernon Hospital, United Kingdom in 2016. Dr. Lim also actively participated in various clinical researches and was appointed as panel member in Research Ethics Committee of Kowloon West Cluster. Her current interest is in lung cancer, gynecological cancer, stereotactic body radiotherapy and palliative medicine.

Focused issue outline:

  1. Preface to this focused issue
    Jan Gaertner, Palliative Care Center Hildegard, Basel, Switzerland
  2. Cutaneous toxicities of new targeted cancer therapies: Must knows for diagnosis, management, and patient-proxy empowerment
    Thomas McFarlane, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, Toronto, ON, Canada
  3. The importance of early palliative care: A medical oncologist’s perspective
    William Raskin, Sunnybrook Odette Cancer Centre, Toronto, ON, Canada
  4. Multiple bone metastases: what the palliative care specialist should know about the potential, limitations and practical aspects of radiation therapy
    May Tsao, Sunnybrook Odette Cancer Centre, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada
  5. Fighting diagnostic and therapeutic nihilism in the elderly with cancer: Must know from geronto-oncology
    Marcus Vetter, Department of Medical Oncology, University Hospital, Basel, Switzerland/ Ulrich Wedding, Department of Medicine II, University Hospital Jena, Jena, Germany
  6. When swallowing becomes difficult because of Parkinson, ALS , cancer or other diseases: Must-knows about the diagnostic and therapeutic potential of logotherapy and the merits of practical devices that can make the patients`everyday life less arduous
    James W. Snider, Department of Radiation Oncology, University of Maryland School of Medicine, MD, USA
  7. Sticky stuff: How to deal with salivatory- and bronchial secretions with MMM men, machines and medication J
    James W. Snider, Department of Radiation Oncology, University of Maryland School of Medicine, MD, USA
  8. Bis Phosphonates, RANKL inhibitors: When to start, when to stop and what else is to consider?
    Danielle N. Desautels, Sunnybrook Odette Cancer Centre, Toronto, Canada
  9. Left ventricular assist device (LVAD): What is destination therapy and why are early palliative care programms needed for these patients
    Sandra Eckstein, Palliative Care, University Hospital Basel, Basel, Switzerland
  10. Screening for and dealing with risk of addiction: Most knows from behavioral- and addiction medicine
    Candice Johnstone, Department of Radiation Oncology, Medical College of Wisconsin, WI, USA
  11. When there is no pediatric pain- or palliative care specialist: Must know for Palliative Care Specialists who are called as consultants by pediatricians
    Hershl Berman, Mount Sinai Hospital, Sinai Health System, Toronto, Canada/ Joanna Humphreys, Division of Paediatric Medicine, Department of Paediatrics, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada