Palliative and End-of-Life Care in Lung Cancer: Diagnosis and Management of Lung Cancer, 3rd ed: American College of Chest Physicians Evidence-Based Clinical Practice Guidelines

This is a clinical practice guideline on end-of-life care for patients with terminal lung cancer. The guideline provides recommendations on when to provide palliative care within the overall treatment course, and on the role and importance of physician patient communication about the goals of palliative care, pros and cons of life-sustaining treatment, and end-of-life care options. Topics of interest include common misconceptions about what palliative care entails, management of distressing symptoms, cost and quality of care, cost at end of life, transition to hospice, and impact on family.