Palliative Perspective: Aligning Melanoma Treatment with Patient Goals

Source: Dermatology Times, May 2022

There is room for improvement in dermatology palliative care; training can help providers raise that standard.

Patients with serious dermatologic illnesses such as melanoma need more palliative care than they presently receive, according to a recent editorial in JAMA Dermatology. And dermatologists are already well-positioned to deliver such care, authors add.

“While dermatology and palliative care are rarely mentioned together,” wrote authors led by Christopher S. Yang, BA, “dermatologists grapple with questions of palliation daily as we encounter illnesses that we can help, but not cure.”1 Yang is a fourth-year medical student at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago who will begin a dermatology residency there in 2023.