Kavita Dharmarajan on the Benefits of "Whole Picture" Palliative Care

March 16, 2016
Kavita Dharmarajan, MD, MSc

Kavita Dharmarajan, MD, MSc, assistant professor of radiation oncology and palliative medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital, discusses how patients benefit when healthcare providers look at the “whole picture” in advanced stage cancer treatment. 

Kavita Dharmarajan, MD, MSc, assistant professor of radiation oncology and palliative medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital, discusses how patients benefit when healthcare providers look at the “whole picture” in advanced stage cancer treatment.

In a study evaluating 336 patients with stage 4 cancer receiving radiation for symptomatic bone metastases, 161 received a combination of palliative care and radiation therapy and were found to be more likely to finish treatment, have a condensed course of therapy, and be discharged from the hospital an average of six days earlier.

The goal of the study was to establish a basis for palliative care doctors and radiation oncologists to work together to provide better care for patients with advanced stage cancer and take their goals and preferences for treatment into account.