Oncology Surgeons Need Better Training in Palliative Care

Sarah Wilcott-Sapp, MD
Published: Wednesday, Apr 24, 2019
Sarah
Wilcott-Sapp, MD

Sarah Wilcott-Sapp, MD

Oncologists have traditionally been the major specialists delivering supportive care to patients with cancer. However, surgeons may be the first physicians to diagnose metastatic disease or cancer recurrence and are frequently consulted to assist in the care of terminally ill patients with cancer. In addition to providing timely referrals to palliative care specialists, having difficult end-of-life discussions with patients and families, and managing pain in the setting of advanced malignancy, there is still a role for surgery in certain palliative situations.
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