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The role of surgical and radiological intervention in palliation

Peter Hoskin and Wendy Makin

in Oncology for Palliative Medicine

Second edition

Published in print August 2003 | ISBN: 9780192628114
Published online November 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191730115 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192628114.003.0004
The role of surgical and radiological intervention in palliation

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This chapter details the significance of surgery and radiological intervention in the treatment and management of cancer diseases. The principle of palliative cancer surgery is to achieve symptom relief by diminishing or eradicating the resection of the tumour. Interventional radiology meanwhile aims to alleviate tumour-related symptoms without the need for deep anaesthesia and skin incision. Its chief application is in the relief of obstructive symptoms where passage of a stent through an obstructing tumour can give immediate relief of symptoms. In some instances, radiology is used to control intractable haemorrhage through embolization.

Keywords: surgery; radiological intervention; palliative cancer surgery; interventional radiology; radiology; embolization

Chapter.  2400 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Palliative Medicine

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