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Palliative Care Evidence-based Series (EBS)

The Palliative Care Evidence-based Series are produced by Expert Panels convened by Cancer Care Ontario that together work with the PEBC to gather and examine evidence on specific topics relevant to health care personnel and groups responsible for palliative care services for people affected by cancer. The reports produced by these panels are available below.  

The PEBC has a formal and standardized process to ensure the currency of each document (please see the PEBC Assessment & Review Protocol for more information). This process guides clinical experts to assess a document’s current status and relevance. A final status statement is added to the document when this review process is complete. The current status of each guidance document is noted beside the title and link as outlined below:

  • Documents listed as CURRENT are 3 years old or less, up-to-date, and can be used for decision making.
  • Documents listed as IN REVIEW are undergoing assessment for currency and relevance.  The DSG/GDG has determined that it is still appropriate for this document to continue to be available while this updating process unfolds.
  • Documents that are listed as “FOR EDUCATION AND INFORMATION PURPOSES” are documents for which no further updates are planned and whose recommendations may no longer be consistent with recent evidence.  They may be of educational, historical, clinical, or system interest.
If you have any questions regarding a document that is “In Review,” please contact the PEBC ( or the lead author of the document.

  • Guidelines on Management of Pain in Cancer and/or Palliative Care
    18-4 ES: September 2017
    Status: CURRENT
  • Provider Tools for Advance Care Planning and Goals of Care Discussions
    18-2 ES: September 2016
    Status: CURRENT
  • Guidelines for Palliative Care
    18-3 ES: June 2016
    Status: CURRENT
  • Advance Care Planning with Cancer Patients
    EBS 19-1
    The original guideline is available upon request at

For Education and Information Purposes

  • Intraspinal Techniques for Pain Management in Cancer Patients
    18-1 EBS
    The original guideline is available upon request at

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