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Palliative and Supportive Care

The research programme on palliative and supportive care of our department aims to generate scientific evidence to improve symptom control and quality of life in cancer patients. Research focuses on the care for the dying and the management of symptoms, in particular pain and fatigue. The research on palliative care is embedded in the Center of Expertise in Palliative Care of the Erasmus MC. Several departments, Medical Oncology, Public Health, Medical Psychology and Psychotherapy, Pediatric Oncology and the Pain Treatment and Expertise Centers collaborate in the Center of Expertise in Palliative Care, thereby stimulating partnerships in several research projects.

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Our publications

Key publications

de Raaf PJ, de Klerk C, Timman R, Busschbach JJ, Oldenmenger WH, van der Rijt CC. Systematic monitoring and treatment of physical symptoms to alleviate fatigue in patients with advanced cancer: a randomized controlled trial. J Clin Oncol. 2013 Feb 20;31(6):716-23. doi: 10.1200/JCO.2012.44.4216. PubMed

Oldenmenger WH, de Raaf PJ, de Klerk C, van der Rijt CC. Cut points on 0-10 numeric rating scales for symptoms included in the Edmonton Symptom Assessment Scale in cancer patients: a systematic review. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2013 Jun;45(6):1083-93. doi: 10.1016/j.jpainsymman.2012.06.007. PubMed

Recent publications

Kuip EJM, Oldenmenger WH, Oomen-de Hoop E, Verduijn GM, Thijs-Visser MF, de Bruijn P, van Meerten E, Koolen SLW, Mathijssen RHJ, van der Rijt CCD. Pharmacokinetics of Sublingually Delivered Fentanyl in Head and Neck Cancer Patients Treated with Curatively Aimed Chemo or Bioradiotherapy. Cancers (Basel). 2018 Nov 15;10(11). pii: E445. doi: 10.3390/cancers10110445. PubMed

Rietjens JA, Bramer WM, Geijteman EC, van der Heide A, Oldenmenger WH. Development and validation of search filters to find articles on palliative care in bibliographic databases. Palliat Med. 2019 Apr;33(4):470-474. doi: 10.1177/0269216318824275. PubMed

Oldenmenger WH, Geerling JI, Mostovaya I, Vissers KCP, de Graeff A, Reyners AKL, van der Linden YM. A systematic review of the effectiveness of patient-based educational interventions to improve cancer-related pain. Cancer Treat Rev. 2018 Feb;63:96-103. doi: 10.1016/j.ctrv.2017.12.005. PubMed

Oosten AW, Oldenmenger WH, Mathijssen RH, van der Rijt CC. A Systematic Review of Prospective Studies Reporting Adverse Events of Commonly Used Opioids for Cancer-Related Pain: A Call for the Use of Standardized Outcome Measures. J Pain. 2015 Oct;16(10):935-46. doi: 10.1016/j.jpain.2015.05.006. PubMed