Palliative care in ovarian carcinoma patients—a personalized approach of a team work: a review

Yakir Segev*, Lior Segev, Meirav Schmidt, Ron Auslender, Ofer Lavie

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Most ovarian cancer patients are diagnosed in an advanced stage; and after the initial treatment experience disease recurrence, which eventually becomes palliative. Many questions arise in this setting including how to address patients in the palliative setting, how to discuss end-of-life issues, and how to manage symptoms. In this review, we discuss the timing and setting of end-of-life discussion in the context of end-stage ovarian cancer. We review the approach to relieving disease burden by improving and decreasing symptoms. These symptoms include recurrent ascites, bowel obstruction, pain, pulmonary effusion, and deep vein thrombosis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)691-700
Number of pages10
JournalArchives of Gynecology and Obstetrics
Volume296
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Oct 2017
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Ascites
  • Bowel obstruction
  • Ovarian cancer
  • Pain
  • Palliative

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