Managing people with diabetes during the cancer palliation in the era of simultaneous care

Pietro Ferrari, Anna Giardini, Enrica Maria Negri, Giorgio Villani, Pietro Preti

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Managing people with diabetes and cancer during palliation constitutes a daunting challenge. Cancer, diabetes and treatment toxicity could be seen as a "Bermuda Triangle" for physician and health care professionals in general. Based on literature review, the present paper stresses the distinctive aspects that diabetes and cancer together involve and bring out. Considering the simultaneous care approach as the basement of our perspective, we explore the areas of palliative intervention for which the specific features of persons with diabetes and cancer emerge: pain manifestation and treatment, response to opioids, psychosocial and communication aspects, infection-related susceptibility and complications. The overall impact of suffering that these two diseases in association involve requires new awareness and a cultural attitude towards new network based approaches in order to strengthen the person-centered health care in this field.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)443-453
Number of pages11
JournalDiabetes Research and Clinical Practice
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2018



  • Diabetes Mellitus/rehabilitation
  • Humans
  • Neoplasms/rehabilitation
  • Palliative Care/methods

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