Chinese Medical Sciences Journal ›› 2018, Vol. 33 ›› Issue (4): 234-239.doi: 10.24920/003522

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Individualized Aromatherapy in End-of-Life Cancer Patients Care: A Case Report

Liu Qian1, Ning Xiaohong2, *(), Wang Lei3, Liu Wei1   

  1. 1 International Medical Center,Peking Union Medical College Hospital, Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences & Peking Union Medical College, Beijing 100730, China;
    2 Department of Geriatrics, Peking Union Medical College Hospital, Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences & Peking Union Medical College, Beijing 100730, China;
    3Department of Vascular Surgery, Peking Union Medical College Hospital, Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences & Peking Union Medical College, Beijing 100730, China;
  • Received:2018-09-27 Accepted:2018-10-15 Online:2018-12-30 Published:2019-01-10
  • Contact: Ning Xiaohong E-mail:ningxh1973@foxmail.com
  • Supported by:
    Supported by the Educational Reform Project of Peking Union Medical College(2015zlgc0120)
This article reports how aromatherapy was applied to a 32-year-old termial cancer patient, whose physical symptoms were greatly relieved and spiritual relaxation was achieved at the end stage of life.

Abstract:

As one of the methods of palliative care, aromatherapy has been applied gradually in clinical nursing work in China in recent years. Through aromatherapy, terminal cancer patients can get not only relieves of physical symptoms, but also spiritual relaxation and peace, thus have improved quality of life at the end stage. In this paper, we report in detail about how aromatherapy was applied for symptom control in a cancer patient with unknown primary malignancy and multiple metastasis and its effects on the terminal life of this patient.

Key words: aromatherapy, essential oil, palliative care, end-of-life, cancer

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