Care of the adult cancer patient at the end of life: ESMO Clinical Practice Guidelines

ESMO Open. 2021 Aug;6(4):100225. doi: 10.1016/j.esmoop.2021.100225. Epub 2021 Aug 17.


  1. This ESMO Clinical Practice Guideline provides key recommendations for end-of-life care for patients with advanced cancer.

  2. It details care that is focused on comfort, quality of life and approaching death of patients with advanced cancer.

  3. All recommendations were compiled by a multidisciplinary group of experts.

  4. Recommendations are based on available scientific data and the authors’ collective expert opinion.

Keywords: cancer patient; clinical practice guideline; death and dying; end of life; palliative care; total care.

Publication types

  • Practice Guideline
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Death
  • Humans
  • Neoplasms* / epidemiology
  • Neoplasms* / therapy
  • Palliative Care
  • Terminal Care*