Lung cancer: challenges and solutions for supportive care intervention research.
Penelope Schofield, Anna Ugalde, Mariko Carey, Linda Mileshkin, Mary Duffy, David Ball, Sanchia Aranda
Palliat Support Care | Published : 2008
Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death. It is associated with a high level of morbidity, particularly fatigue, pain, breathlessness, and coughing. These symptoms can have a substantial impact on psychosocial functioning. It is critical to have effective interventions demonstrated to improve quality of life particularly for those with advanced disease. However there is a paucity of high quality intervention research to guide practice in this area. This article discusses the challenges in conducting supportive care research in this group, including the patient's level of literacy in English, poor performance status, rapidly fluctuating health status, and familial or professional "gat..View full abstract