Cancer Control Journal

This peer-reviewed journal contains articles on the spectrum of actions and approaches needed to reduce the impact of human malignancy.

October 2015 | Volume 22, Number 4

Palliative Care in Oncology

Vol. 22, No. 4 – Palliative Care in Oncology (Full Issue PDF file: 5.6 MB)

Letter From the Editors

A New Step Rather Than a New Era (PDF 56 KB)
Lodovico Balducci, MD, and Julio M. Pow-Sang, MD


Perspectives, Progress, and Opportunities for Palliative Care in Oncology (PDF 70 KB)
Diane Portman, MD, and Sarah Thirlwell, MSc, MSc(A), RN          

Integrating Palliative Care Into Oncology: A Way Forward (PDF 322 KB)
Kavitha Ramchandran, MD, Erika Tribett, MPH, Brian Dietrich, MD, and Jamie Von Roenn, MD

Improving the Quality of Palliative Care Through National and Regional Collaboration Efforts  (PDF 306 KB)
Arif H. Kamal, MD, MHS, Krista L. Harrison, PhD, Marie Bakitas, DNSc, CRNP, J. Nicholas Dionne-Odom, PhD, Lisa Zubkoff, PhD, Imatullah Akyar, PhD, RN, Steven Z. Pantilat, MD, David L O’Riordan, PhD, Ashley R. Bragg, Kara E. Bischoff, MD, and Janet Bull, MD

Palliative Pharmacotherapy: State-of-the-Art Management of Symptoms in Patients With Cancer  (PDF 266 KB)
Eric E. Prommer, MD

Pharmacological Management of Cancer-Related Pain  (PDF 359 KB)
Eric E. Prommer, MD

Clinical Implications of Opioid Pharmacogenomics in Patients With Cancer  (PDF 320 KB)
Gillian C. Bell, PharmD, Kristine A. Donovan, PhD, and Howard L. McLeod, PharmD

Palliative Sedation in Patients With Cancer  (PDF 255 KB)
Marco Maltoni, MD, and Elisabetta Setola, MD

Integrating Psychosocial Care Into Routine Cancer Care  (PDF 215 KB)
Paul B. Jacobsen, PhD, and Morgan Lee, MA

Systematic Review of Palliative Care in the Rural Setting  (PDF 313 KB)
Marie A. Bakitas, DNSc, CRNP, Ronit Elk, PhD, Meka Astin, MPH, Lyn Ceronsky, DNP, GNP, Kathleen N. Clifford, MSN, FNP-BC, J. Nicholas Dionne-Odom, PhD, RN, Linda L. Emanuel, PhD, MD, Regina M. Fink, RN, PhD, Elizabeth Kvale, MD, Sue Levkoff, ScD, MSW, Christine Ritchie, MD, MSPH, and Thomas Smith, MD

New Frontiers in Outpatient Palliative Care for Patients With Cancer  (PDF 286 KB)
Michael W. Rabow, MD, Constance Dahlin, ANP-BC, ACHPN, Brook Calton, MD, Kara Bischoff, MD, and Christine Ritchie, MD, MSPH

Palliative Care in Adolescents and Young Adults With Cancer  (PDF 185 KB)
Kristine A. Donovan, PhD, Dianne Knight, MD, and Gwendolyn P. Quinn, PhD

Palliative Care in Older Patients With Cancer  (PDF 275 KB)
Lodovico Balducci, MD, Dawn Dolan, PharmD, and Sarah A. Hoffe, MD

Prognostication of Survival in Patients With Advanced Cancer: Predicting the Unpredictable?  (PDF 275 KB)
David Hui, MD, MSc


Pathology Perspective: Is DOG1 Immunoreactivity Specific to Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumor?  (PDF 327 KB)
William Swalchick, MA, Rania Shamekh, MD, and Marilyn M. Bui, MD, PhD

Case Report: Occurrence of Multiple Tumors in a Patient  (PDF 580 KB)
Elaine Tan, Mark Friedman, MD, and Domenico Coppola, MD

Special Report: Association of Cancer Stem Cell Markers With Aggressive Tumor Features in Papillary Thyroid Carcinoma  (PDF 740 KB)
Zhenzhen Lin, MD, Xuemian Lu, MD, Weihua Li, MD, Mengli Sun, MD, Mengmeng Peng, MD, Hong Yang, MD, Liangmiao Chen, MD, Chi Zhang, PhD, Lu Cai, MD, PhD, and Yan Li, MD, PhD

Special Report: Should Vital Signs Be Routinely Obtained Prior to Intravenous Chemotherapy? Results From a 2-Center Study  (PDF 141 KB)
Smitha Menon, MD, Nathan R. Foster, MS, Sherry Looker, RN, Kristine Sorgatz, RN, Pashtoon Murtaza Kasi, MBBS, Robert R. McWilliams, MD, and Aminah Jatoi, MD

Special Report: Advancing Cancer Control Through Research and Cancer Registry Collaborations in the Caribbean  (PDF 310 KB)
Rishika Banydeen, MPH, Angela M.C. Rose, MSc, Damali Martin, PhD, MPH, William Aiken, MD, Cheryl Alexis, MBBS, MSc, MRCP, Glennis Andall-Brereton, PhD, Kimlin Ashing, PhD, J. Gordon Avery, MB, ChB, MD, Penny Avery, SRN, Jacqueline Deloumeaux, MD, PhD, Natasha Ekomaye, Owen Gabriel, MD, Trevor Hassel, MBBS, Lowell Hughes, MBBS, Maisha Hutton, MSc, Shravana Kumar Jyoti, MD, Penelope Layne, RN/RM, Danièle Luce, PhD, Alan Patrick, MD, Patsy Prussia, MBBS, Juliette Smith-Ravin, PhD, Jacqueline Veronique-Baudin, PhD, Elizabeth Blackman, MPH, Veronica Roach, SRN, Camille Ragin, PhD

Ten Best Readings Relating to Palliative Care for Oncology   (PDF 62 KB)

Peer Reviewers, 2015  (PDF 123 KB)

Index for 2015, Volume 22  (PDF 104 KB)

About the art in this issue:

Lisa Scholder is a multimedia artist whose canvas is the human body. Her technique involves applying body paint to nude models, then digitally photographing the painted body. The explosion of illuminating color on the human form is Scholder’s artistic trademark. All of the models shown in this issue are survivors of breast cancer of varying ages and body types, and they are part of the Bodies of Courage project.

Scholder takes several hours to hand-paint the model with a crème-based paint and often incorporates other body-painted images in the final piece, which does not include the face of her model. Her artwork focuses on the abstract portrayal of the body infused with vibrant colors. Scholder’s late father-in-law, renowned Indian artist Fritz Scholder, had an unmistakable influence on her bold color combinations. Each model’s unique strength is represented with abstract and, at times, expressionist art forms on her body. The artist’s driving force is the self-empowerment that this process can bestow on her model, enabling her to see her body as a colorful, unique piece of art.

With no formal art training, she began body painting in 2000 and developed her distinct body painting and photography style. Her first public exhibition was in 2004, and she progressed to gallery and art museum exhibitions since then.

Bodies of Courage is an Arts in Medicine project in partnership with the Faces of Courage Foundation (, which provides day outings and overnight camps at no cost for women, children, and families diagnosed with any type of cancer. Lisa Scholder and Peggie D. Sherry, the founder of Faces of Courage, began this project 5 years ago as a way to raise awareness and as an artistic therapy for survivors of cancer. This project is an artistic testimony to the strength and determination of these survivors throughout their battles with cancer, their celebration of life, and their reconnection with the beauty of their own bodies.

For information about the traveling gallery, please contact Peggie D. Sherry at or 813-948-7478. Further information on these projects is available at

Cover: Linear. 20" x 24"
Articles: Enlightened. 16" x 24"
Road Between Art. 16" x 24"
Sunlit Legs. 16" x 22"
Solid Stance. 16" x 24"
Greener Pastures. 16" x 22"
Organic Walk. 16" x 24"
Seizing the Light. 16" x 20"
Masculine. 14" x 22"
Family. 16" x 24"
Sunlit. 16" x 24"
Duality. 18" x 24"
Dive Forward. 16" x 24"