Personalized Palliative and Survivorship Care for Patients With Metastatic Cancer Treated With Radiation Therapy

Sana Siddiqui
Luann Rowland
Emily Copel
Ashish Sangal
Vikram Soni
Patricia A. Eckardt, Molloy University
Johnny Kao


While the benefits of early palliative care for patients with metastatic cancer are well established, cancer survivorship remains inadequately integrated into the care of patients with distant metastases. Moreover, the optimal model of care delivery is poorly defined. A prognostic model previously developed and validated at Good Samaritan University Hospital identified four groups of patients with metastatic solid tumor malignancy having very favorable, favorable, standard or unfavorable prognoses with median survival of 31, 14, 4 and 1 month, respectively. This framework holds promise for the personalized delivery of supportive, palliative and survivorship care services in the context of radiation therapy. We review the published literature providing the rationale for a novel multidisciplinary care model where the radiation oncology Clinical Nurse Specialist identifies and coordinates interventions to address unmet physical and emotional issues faced by survivors with metastatic cancer with the goal of improving quality of life and overall survival.