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The Role of Nursing in Caring for Patients Receiving Palliative Surgery or Chemotherapy 

The Role of Nursing in Caring for Patients Receiving Palliative Surgery or Chemotherapy
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The Role of Nursing in Caring for Patients Receiving Palliative Surgery or Chemotherapy
Author(s):

Virginia Sun

, Tami Tittelfitz

, and Marjorie J. Hein

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780190862374.003.0054
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date: 18 October 2019

Surgery and chemotherapy are common treatment modalities used to manage disease and symptoms in palliative settings where the disease is incurable. These treatment modalities can lead to deteriorations in a patient’s quality of life (QOL). The benefits of palliative surgery and chemotherapy should always focus on QOL, symptom control, and symptom prevention. The purpose of this chapter is to provide an overview of the definition of palliative surgery and chemotherapy, describe common indications for surgery and chemotherapy for palliative treatment intent, and discuss the role of nursing in caring for patients who are receiving palliative surgery and chemotherapy.

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