heroic surgery

An aggressive procedure—e.g., radical mastectomy for cancer—in which wide resection margins are obtained, as the tumour has spread beyond a resectable size. Heroic surgery is performed to alleviate pain or improve the quality of life in terminally ill patients, but is not generally regarded as curative

heroic surgery

Surgical oncology An aggressive procedure–eg, radical mastectomy for malignancy, in which wide resection margins are obtained, as the tumor has spread beyond a resectable size; HS is performed to alleviate pain or improve the quality of life in terminally ill Pts. See All-American operation, Commando operation, Forequarter amputation. Cf Heroic therapy.
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Yes, they may have cancer but it's a very slow growing type and doesn't need heroic surgery.
In other words pain inflicted early, should hurt less than heroic surgery later.
Ratiu, Peter, and Peter Singer, The Ethics and Economics of Heroic Surgery, Mar-Apr, 47-48
A BUDGIES are prone to tumours and are very poor candidates for heroic surgery.
To the editor: Peter Ratiu and Peter Singer's article ("The Ethics and Economics of Heroic Surgery," HCR, March-April 2001) raises many intriguing topics.
Peter Ratiu and Peter Singer, "The Ethics and Economics of Heroic Surgery," Hastings Center Report 31, no.