palliative surgery


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palliative surgery

An operation performed on an incurable CA, which is justified to ↓ severity of Sx and improve the quality of life, relieve pain–cordectomy, hemorrhage–cystectomy for bleeding urinary bladder, obstruction–colostomy or gastroenterostomy, or infection–amputation of a necrotic and malodorous tumor-ridden breast or extremity. See 'Heroic' surgery, Mutilating surgery.

palliative surgery

Surgery to relieve symptoms or improve quality of life, usually in patients with incurable illness.
See also: surgery
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Individuals aged 18 years and older, undergoing curative or palliative surgery for primary malignant neoplasias of the digestive system from August 1, 2007 to July 31, 2008, were enrolled in the study.
Responders continued on chemotherapy for 10 more weeks before resection, whereas nonresponders stopped chemotherapy and had palliative surgery based on prior studies indicating that further chemotherapy would be of little benefit.
Among the 181 patients, 165 patients had curative resection; the remaining 16 had stage IV disease, and underwent palliative surgery and were subsequently excluded from analysis.
Palliative surgery can improve quality of life for cancer patients, even when the patient's cancer is advanced and even when the necessary surgery is quite aggressive.
In our series, curative surgery was offered in 20 cases and palliative surgery for 27 cases in lower third tumours immediate post-operative period we lost 2 patients and 3 patients and stormy post-operative period, who were adequately treated and discharged in good health.