What About Palliative and Supportive Care Landscapes?

  • Tadashi Nishimura
    Address correspondence to: Tadashi Nishimura, MD, Department of Pulmonary Medicine, Mie Chuo Medical Center, 2158-5 Hisaimyojin-Cho, Tsu City, Mie 514-1101, Japan.
    Department of Pulmonary Medicine, Mie Chuo Medical Center, Tsu City, Japan
    Department of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Mie University Graduate School of Medicine, Tsu City, Japan
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      • In Response: Letter Received From Dr. Tadashi Nishimura Titled “What About Palliative and Supportive Care Landscapes?”
        Journal of Thoracic OncologyVol. 17Issue 12
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          We thank Dr. Nishumura for his letter reinforcing the importance of palliative and supportive care in thoracic oncology and for giving us the opportunity to clarify the intent of our analysis. As researchers and patient advocates, we cannot overemphasize the importance of integrating palliative care and supportive care in the treatment of patients with lung cancer in the era of modern medicine. As lung cancer has become more molecularly complex, the treatment paradigms for this heterogenous disease have evolved to include new modalities such as targeted therapies and immunotherapies, along with conventional modalities such as surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation.
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