Visceral Surgery: Treatment Options in Palliative Care
- *Corresponding Author:
- Nader El-Sourani
General-and Visceral Surgery
Rahel-Straus-Str. 10, Germany
E-mail: [email protected]
Received date: March 10, 2014; Accepted date: May 15, 2014; Published date: June 01, 2014
Citation: El-Sourani N, Troja A, Contin P, Raab HR, Antolovic D (2014) Visceral Surgery: Treatment Options in Palliative Care. J Integr Oncol 3:114. doi:10.4172/2329-6771.1000114
Copyright: © 2014 El-Sourani N et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
Background: Surgery, especially visceral surgery plays a crucial role in palliative care and is part of the interdisciplinary treatment in advanced malignancies with reduced live expectancy.
Methods: An overview to document the up to date knowledge in the field of palliative surgery by reviewing and researching selective databases (Pubmed, Cochrane Library) and selected journals.
Results: Visceral surgery is a significant part of palliative care. Surgery is indicated in the emergency situation, in individual cases and when alternatives have been exhausted. Aim of the surgery is long-term and rapid control of symptoms, increasing the quality of life and decreasing the hospital stay.
Conclusion: The option of visceral surgery in advanced malignancies should be considered in each case individually due to the different tumor characteristics and localization. After critical reviewing, surgery can be indicated and must be integrated into a network of palliative care with available add-on therapies.