Date of Award

Spring 5-21-2022

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Honors Project

University Scholars Director

Dr. Christine Chaney

First Advisor/Committee Member

Desiree Hoffman


Palliative Care Nursing, Oncology Nursing, Advanced Cancer Treatment, Early Palliative Care, Quality of Life


Palliative care, though clinically established to improve health-related quality of life measures for patients with advanced illness, remains underutilized and largely limited to end of life care. This project aims to inform oncology nursing practice through the analysis of literature supporting the early integration of palliative care with standard curative oncology treatment for patients with clinically advanced cancer. Informed by relevant research, clinical practice guidelines, and improved specialty palliative care training, oncology nurses and nurse practitioners are ideally situated to advocate for and initiate early palliative care integration, to holistically improve the standard approach to complex cancer care.


A project submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the Bachelor of Arts degree in Honors Liberal Arts from Seattle Pacific University.

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