Surgical Palliative Care

Hardcover | May 12, 2004

EditorGeoffrey P Dunn, Alan G Johnson

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Surgical Palliative Care describes the principles and practice of surgery in the context of palliative and supportive care. Surgery is often considered too invasive to be useful in palliation and clinicians instinctively turn to radiotherapy, chemotherapy, and other drugs. Surgery, withincreasingly minimal access techniques, may be simpler and less invasive than other treatments and produces excellent palliation. Indeed, most types of surgery are not curative and the aim of this book is to alert all concerned with palliative care to the usefulness and appropriateness of a surgicaloption. The text is divided into two sections; the first dealing with general issues, varying from quality of life measurement to spirituality, and the second illustrating their application in different specialties of surgery ranging from neurosurgery to urology. The book ends with a challenge to surgeonsto change their perspective from curative surgery, in terms of simply cure or failure, to improvement in quality of life and relief of symptoms. Aimed primarily at palliative medicine and pain consultants, this book will also appeal to surgeons who increasingly need to know more about palliativecare.

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Surgical Palliative Care describes the principles and practice of surgery in the context of palliative and supportive care. Surgery is often considered too invasive to be useful in palliation and clinicians instinctively turn to radiotherapy, chemotherapy, and other drugs. Surgery, withincreasingly minimal access techniques, may be sim...

Geoffrey P Dunn, Attending Surgeon, Department of Surgery, Hamot Medical Center and Medical Director, Great Lakes Hospice, Erie, Pennsylvania, USA Alan Johnson, Emeritus Professor of Surgery, University of Sheffield, UK

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:279 pages, 9.41 × 6.46 × 0.79 inPublished:May 12, 2004Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198510004

ISBN - 13:9780198510000

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Table of Contents

1. Dunn: Introduction - is surgical palliative care a paradox?2. Easson and Ng: Selection and preparation of patients for surgical palliation3. Angelos: The ethics of interventional care4. Barber and Fearon: The physiological response to surgical trauma5. Stevens: The psychological response to surgery6. P. Ravenscroft and E. Ravenscroft: Spirituality and surgery7. Mosenthal, Price and Murphy: Interdisciplinary care8. Koller, Nies and Lorenz: Quality of life issues in palliative surgery9. Simpson and Bush: Anaesthesia and peri-operative pain management10. Rogers: Symptom palliation of diseases of the head and neck (including dentistry)11. Nelems: The surgical relief of the symptomatic chest12. Johnson: Surgery for the control of symptoms in the abdomen13. Doherty and O'Sullivan: Symptom control in urological malignancy14. Krizek: Wound and reconstructive problems in advanced disease15. Johnson: Neurosurgical palliation16. Yorsten: The role of the ophthalmologist in advanced disease17. Aluwihare: Perspectives from the developing world and diverse societies18. Dunn and Johnson: Epilogue: a message to all surgeons