The fusion of palliative medicine and medical oncology, in practice and in education, can provide a better standard of patient care, reduce the risk of oncologist burnout, and increase the likelihood of patient family and physician satisfaction. There need be no gulf between these disciplines, and only together do they represent truly comprehensive cancer care. The realization of this fusion will require the participation of individual clinicians, program directors, and the policy makers for cancer centers, professional organizations, and the health care regulatory authorities. It is a logical next step in the evolution of medical oncology.
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