Marco Cascella

Istituto Nazionale Tumori

Marco Cascella, MD, works in the Department of Anesthesia Pain Medicine and Supportive Care at the National Cancer Institute, Fondazione “G. Pascale” – IRCCS, Naples, Italy, where he is involved in conducting clinical and pre-clinical research projects in anesthesia and pain medicine. He is also Professor of Physiology on the Degree Course in Biomedical Laboratory Techniques at the Faculty of Medicine, University “Federico II”, Naples, and Professor of Anesthesia, and Pneumology on the Degree Course of School of Nursing at the same University. Dr. Cascella graduated in Medicine and Surgery with honors, in 1997, at the Second University of Naples and then undertook postgraduate studies in anesthesia and intensive care, gaining his doctorate in 2001. He is a member of the expert committee in cancer pain and palliative care of the Italian Society of Anesthesia, Analgesia, Reanimation and Intensive Care (SIAARTI). He acts as research editor for the Italian Ministry of Health and is an editorial board member of several medical journals. He has been a speaker at numerous conferences and conventions and is the author of about 100 scientific publications, books, book chapters, etc. in the fields of anesthesia, pathophysiology, treatment of pain, oncology, and palliative care.

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This book focuses on several underestimated topics in palliative care. Seven chapters have been divided into four sections: Ethical Issues, Volunteers in Palliative Care, Special Circumstances, and Prognostic Models in Palliative Care. The underestimated topics concern several ethical themes such as the Balance sheets of suffering, Good Death, Euthanasia, Assisted suicide, and the question of the 'Do not attempt resuscitation'. In addition, the role of volunteers, the approach to non-malignant diseases such as diabetes and Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis are also addressed. Finally, the features and utility of different tools in order to facilitate optimal decision making for both physicians and patients, are given in details. This book will aid several figures facing the daily challenges of palliative care. Clinicians, nurses, volunteers, students and resident trainees, and other professionals can find this volume useful in their very difficult but extraordinarily fascinating mission.

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