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palliative surgeryAn 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.
Surgery to relieve symptoms or improve quality of life, usually in patients with incurable illness.
See also: surgery