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Where this information about dying comes from

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This page tells you the major sources of information that we use to put together our information about advanced cancer and dying.


About our information

All our information is checked by cancer specialists and professionals who specialise in treating and caring for people with cancer. The names of our palliative care specialist reviewers are at the end of this list. 

We also try to find patients to review all our sections. If you live in the UK and would like to become a patient reviewer, you can write to us by clicking on contact us.


Books and leaflets

Symptom management in advanced cancer (4th edition)
Twycross R, Wilcock A and Toller CS.
Radcliffe Medical Press Ltd, 2009

The complete guide to relieving cancer pain and suffering.
British Medical Association
Oxford University Press, 2004

The good funeral guide: Everything you need to know
Charles Cowling
Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd, 2010

Dying well; a holistic guide for the dying and their carers
Richard Reoch
Gaia books, London, 1997

The natural death handbook (5th edition)
The Natural Death Centre, 2012

Beyond fear
Dorothy Rowe
Perennial, 2007

Caring for someone who is dying  (Carer's handbook)
Penny Mares
Age Concern, (now Age UK) England, 2003

The intimacy of death and dying
Leimbach C, McShane T and Virago Z
Read How You Want, 2009

Caring for dying people of different faiths (3rd edition)
Julia Neuberger
Radcliffe Medical Press, 2004

What to do when someone dies
Paul Harris
Which? Essential Guides, 2009

Death and bereavement across cultures: Second edition
Colin Murray-Parkes, Pittu Laungani, William Young
Taylor and Francis Books Ltd, 2015

Succession, Wills and Probate (3rd edition)
Caroline Sawyer and Miriam Spero
Routledge, 2015

Royal College of Psychiatrists
RCP, May 2015

On Death and Dying
Kubler-Ross E
Scribner, 2014


UK guidelines

Care of the dying adult
National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE), July 2015
Link to document

Advance care planning: A guide for health and social care staff
NHS National End of Life Care Programme, NHS / University of Nottingham, Oct 2008
Link to the guide on the website

Control of pain in adults with cancer
Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network (SIGN), 2008
Link to the guidance on the SIGN website

End of life care co-ordination: National Information Standard
Public Health England and National End of Life Care Intelligence Network, 2013
Link to the guidance on the Public Health website

Concise advance care planning guidelines
Royal College of Physicians, 2009
Link to guidelines

Treatment and care towards the end of life:good practice in decision making
General Medical Council, 2010
Link to guidelines


Specialist reviewers

  • Penny Jones, Director of Hospice Care Services
  • Anthony Boland, Senior Practitioner Psychological Care
  • Caroline Kidd, Social Worker
  • Brigid Williams, Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • Dr Ruth Branford, Locum Consultant in Palliative Medicine
  • Jackie, Patient Reviewer
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Updated: 13 May 2016