4.1 Treatment intent

4.1 Treatment intent

The intent of treatment can be defined as one of the following:

  • curative
  • anti-cancer therapy to improve quality of life and/or longevity without expectation of cure
  • symptom palliation.

The morbidity and risks of treatment need to be balanced against the potential benefits.

The lead clinician should discuss treatment intent and prognosis with the woman and carer before beginning treatment.

If appropriate, advance care planning should be initiated with the woman at this stage because there can be multiple benefits such as ensuring her preferences are known and respected after the loss of decision-making capacity (AHMAC 2011).