Palliative Surgery. What is it?

Palliative Surgery. What is it? Hellenic Journal of Surgery (2018) 90:2, 65-68 COVER STORY Nomikos IN Introduction ent definition and the results of the various studies using different definitions are not comparable and do not lead Palliative surgery is a very important part of surgical to solid and conclusive core evidence [2,3]. Many factors oncology, comprising 10-20 % of the procedures performed other than definition contribute to this variation, includ- on patients with cancer [1]. Given the great number of ing the preoperative intent, individual patient prognosis cancer deaths every year worldwide, most of our attention and postoperative status. Relief of pain and distressing in surgical oncology has been targeted at curative therapies. symptoms are considered the two most important goals Traditionally, however, the practice of surgery has empha- of palliative surgery, while increased patient survival is sized that the control of suffering is of equal importance to the least important goal [4-6]. In the event that palliative the cure of disease. Consequently, it is evident, especially surgery is defined by its postoperative status and not by its in recent years, that more and more palliative strategies intent, it is difficult for the surgeon to inform the patients are being recruited to improve the http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Hellenic Journal of Surgery Springer Journals

Palliative Surgery. What is it?

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Publisher
Springer Journals
Copyright
Copyright © 2018 by Hellenic Surgical Society and Springer-Verlag GmbH Austria, part of Springer Nature
Subject
Medicine & Public Health; Surgery
ISSN
0018-0092
eISSN
1868-8845
D.O.I.
10.1007/s13126-018-0442-6
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Abstract

Hellenic Journal of Surgery (2018) 90:2, 65-68 COVER STORY Nomikos IN Introduction ent definition and the results of the various studies using different definitions are not comparable and do not lead Palliative surgery is a very important part of surgical to solid and conclusive core evidence [2,3]. Many factors oncology, comprising 10-20 % of the procedures performed other than definition contribute to this variation, includ- on patients with cancer [1]. Given the great number of ing the preoperative intent, individual patient prognosis cancer deaths every year worldwide, most of our attention and postoperative status. Relief of pain and distressing in surgical oncology has been targeted at curative therapies. symptoms are considered the two most important goals Traditionally, however, the practice of surgery has empha- of palliative surgery, while increased patient survival is sized that the control of suffering is of equal importance to the least important goal [4-6]. In the event that palliative the cure of disease. Consequently, it is evident, especially surgery is defined by its postoperative status and not by its in recent years, that more and more palliative strategies intent, it is difficult for the surgeon to inform the patients are being recruited to improve the

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Hellenic Journal of SurgerySpringer Journals

Published: Jun 4, 2018

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