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  1. Bill Noble
  1. Correspondence to Dr Bill Noble, Academic Unit of Supportive Care, University of Sheffield, Sykes House, Little Common Lane, Sheffield S11 9NE, UK; bill.noble{at}

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The theme in this issue is community palliative care with papers examining various aspects of working with patients and families at home. This crop of manuscripts reflects a continued and growing interest amongst practitioners and researchers in expanding and refining care in the community. However, I want to draw your attention to our treatment of two other important issues that have come to the forefront earlier in the year.

Ever since Temel et al1 detected an increased survival as well as quality of life in patients who received palliative care early in their disease, questions have resurfaced about the ability of palliative care interventions to substitute aggressive regimes. Person-centred care, rather than treatment focussed on maximising small chances of survival, may convey a greater chance of overall benefit.

My choice for this issue aims to collate …

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  • Competing interests In my declaration of interests under this editorial, I should declare that I am Executive Medical Director of Marie Curie Cancer Care.

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