Palliative Wiki
Welcome to the Palliative Medicine Wiki, an recently formed, work-in-progress, online wikibook of palliative medicine for doctors, medical students and other health professionals.

This wikibook seeks to be an accurate source of up-to-date information about the field of palliative medicine with a focus on the symptoms, investigations, treatment and prognosis of terminal illnesses and their complications as well as on symptom relief issues and pharmacology that is relevant to palliative medicine.

For a very concise summary of treatment guidelines for palliative care patients, see A Pocketbook of Palliative Medicine (Australian Edition)


Quick Links:
  • +Opioids (including equivalence tables)

Introduction to Palliative Medicine

Palliative Illness (see chapter 2 below for details of different palliative illnesses).


Communication (see chapter 5 below for details of management including communication)

Quality of Life and Symptom Control (see chapters 3 to 5 for details on symptoms, signs, investigation and management).

End of Life Care


Conditions and Complications

  • Thoracic Malignancies
  • Lung Cancer - Small Cell Lung Cancer and Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer
  • Breast Cancer
  • Gynaecological Malignancies
  • Ovarian Cancer
  • Primary Peritoneal Cancer
  • Endometrial Cancer
  • Cervical Cancer
  • Urological Malignancies
  • Gastrointestinal Malignancies
  • Stomach Cancer
  • Oesophageal Cancer
  • Hepatobiliary Malignancies