In this thesis, two main subjects are addressed: quality of life of cancer patients in their last phase of life (part 1 of the thesis) and end-of-life care and medical decision making (part 2 of the thesis). The first part of the thesis includes studies on the psychological status and feelings of cancer patients after they have been informed of their diagnosis of incurable cancer, and on the quality of life of these patients during their last year of life. The second part explores the content and evaluation of end- of-life care, and patients care needs. This part also addresses the attitudes of cancer patients toward medical end-of-life decision making and differences in dying at home or in an institution.

cancer patients, end-of-life care, last phase of life, palliative care, quality of life
P.J. van der Maas (Paul)
Erasmus University Rotterdam
J.E. Jurriaanse Stichting, Maas, Prof. Dr. P.J. van der (promotor)
Erasmus MC: University Medical Center Rotterdam

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