- Makes suggestions to surgeons about how to incorporate palliative care principles into surgical practice
- Shows palliative care clinicians how surgery can be used for effective palliation
- Describes the unique metabolic problems encountered as a result of the surgical management of palliative patients
- High profile Editors with an international team of contributors
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, with increasingly 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 surgical option.
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 surgeons to 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 palliative care.
Readership: Aimed primarily at palliative medicine and pain consultants, this book will also appeal to surgeons who increasingly need to know more about palliative care.
- Part 1
1 Dunn: Introduction - is surgical palliative care a paradox?
2 Easson & Ng: Selection and preparation of patients for surgical palliation
3 Angelos: The ethics of interventional care
4 Barber & Fearon: The physiological response to surgical trauma
5 Stevens: The psychological response to surgery
6 P. Ravenscroft & E. Ravenscroft: Spirituality and surgery
7 Mosenthal, Price & Murphy: Interdisciplinary care
8 Koller, Nies & Lorenz: Quality of life issues in palliative surgery
9 Simpson & Bush: Anaesthesia and peri-operative pain management
- Part 2
10 Rogers: Symptom palliation of diseases of the head and neck (including dentistry)
11 Nelems: The surgical relief of the symptomatic chest
12 Johnson: Surgery for the control of symptoms in the abdomen
13 Doherty & O'Sullivan: Symptom control in urological malignancy
14 Krizek: Wound and reconstructive problems in advanced disease
15 Johnson: Neurosurgical palliation
16 Yorsten: The role of the ophthalmologist in advanced disease
17 Aluwihare: Perspectives from the developing world and diverse societies
18 Dunn & Johnson: Epilogue: a message to all surgeons