Annals of Palliative Medicine (Ann Palliat Med; Print ISSN 2224-5820; Online ISSN 2224-5839) is an open access, international, peer-reviewed journal that is fully indexed in PubMed/MEDLINE and is published quarterly with both online and printed copies since 2012.  The aim of the journal is to provide up-to-date and cutting-edge information and professional support for health care providers in palliative medicine disciplines to improve the quality of life for patients and their families and caregivers. APM publishes articles in the field of palliative medicine, specific fields related to symptoms management (pain, fatigue, vomiting, delirium, etc.), palliative medicine in different diseases (cancer, AIDS, and other diseases), palliative care in elderly and young, and end-of-life health care, etc., and provides current and practical information on palliative medicine.  Contributions pertinent to palliative medicine are also included from related disciplines of oncology, psychology, surgery, nursing, public health, education, nutrition, sociology, ethics and policy, and others.  It publishes article types including Original Articles, Review Articles, Systematic review, meta-analysis, Case Reports, Clinical Guidelines, Technical Notes, Perspectives, Editorials, and Commentaries.  It also publishes special issues focusing on selected topics of palliative medicine.

Recently, a special column on “Palliative Radiotherapy Column” was launched in October 2014, led by Prof. Edward L. W. Chow (Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre) and Dr. Stephen Lutz (Blanchard Valley Regional Cancer Center). A team of radiation oncology experts serves as the Palliative Radiotherapy Subcommittee to support the column. Column articles published are listed as below. Free submissions to the column are warmly welcomed.

Palliative Radiotherapy Column (E. Chow, S. Lutz)

  1. Palliative radiotherapy: past, present and future—where do we go from here?BY Stephen Lutz, Edward Chow
  2. The role of hypofractionated radiation in the management of non-osseous metastatic or uncontrolled local cancerBY Candice Johnstone, Stephen Lutz
  3. Integrating palliative care and oncology: towards a common understandingBY Jan Gaertner, Stephen Lutz, Edward Chow, Charles B. Simone II
  4. Whole brain radiotherapy for patients with poor prognosis: possibilities for the impact of the QUARTZ trialBY Joshua A. Jones, Charles B. Simone II