Treating Cancer Patients who Are Near the End of Life in the Emergency Department

Dawn Felch Rondeau, Terri A. Schmidt

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Cancer-related visits to the emergency department (ED) can be expected to increase in the next decade as the population ages. Some of the these patients and their caregivers will come to the ED without prior end-of-life care planning, and others will require modification of prior plans based on disease progression. In this article, we discuss some of these end-of-life issues related to and including those of legal documents, transmission of patient wishes, limiting factors in implementing those wishes, and the new horizon of palliative care in the ED.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)341-354
Number of pages14
JournalEmergency Medicine Clinics of North America
Issue number2
StatePublished - May 2009


  • Cancer
  • DNR
  • Decision-making capacity
  • End of life
  • Palliative care

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Emergency Medicine


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