Palliative Surgery

  • Matthias W. Wichmann
  • Guy Maddern

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Palliative Surgery: Behind the Scenes

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. David C. Currow, Jane L. Phillips
      Pages 9-17
    3. Sheila Payne, Nancy J. Preston
      Pages 19-24
  3. Palliative Surgery: The Framework

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 25-25
    2. Marissa Ferguson, Jonathan G. Hiller, Bernhard Riedel
      Pages 27-48
    3. Suzanne Chapman, Paul Farquhar-Smith
      Pages 49-57
    4. Giacomo Bovio
      Pages 59-70
    5. Peter S. Savas, Timothy J. Price
      Pages 71-82
    6. Scott A. Carruthers
      Pages 83-95
    7. Oliver Ayres, Frank Voyvodic
      Pages 97-121
  4. Palliative Surgery: The Domains

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 123-123
    2. Benjamin C. Knight, Glyn G. Jamieson
      Pages 125-144
    3. Markus Albertsmeier, Karl-Walter Jauch, Martin K. Angele
      Pages 145-151
    4. Andrea Wirsching, Mickaël Lesurtel, Pierre-Alain Clavien
      Pages 153-169
    5. Sarah Thomasset, Ashley Dennison
      Pages 171-187
    6. Matthias W. Wichmann
      Pages 189-194
    7. Albert Tuca
      Pages 195-208
    8. Nigel Jones
      Pages 209-215

About this book


Palliative surgery can greatly contribute to improving symptom control and quality of life for terminal cancer patients. Owing to the advanced stage of the disease, however, this type of surgery is also associated with significant morbidity and mortality. It is therefore important for surgeons to have a sound understanding of the medical and scientific background underlying treatment decisions in palliative surgery, a foundation that this book provides. The opening chapters examine the relationship between palliative medicine and palliative surgery and address general issues including pain management and anesthesiological considerations. The role of palliative surgery in a wide range of disease settings is then thoroughly explored, including detailed information on surgical techniques and their indications and outcomes. This book will be an invaluable resource for all who wish to learn more about the emerging role of palliative surgery.


Pain management Palliative care Resuscitation Surgical oncology Symptom control

Editors and affiliations

  • Matthias W. Wichmann
    • 1
  • Guy Maddern
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of General SurgeryMount Gambier General Hospital, Flinders University—Rural Medical SchoolMount GambierAustralia
  2. 2.Discipline of SurgeryThe Queen Elizabeth Hospital, University of AdelaideWoodvilleAustralia

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2014
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Medicine
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-53708-0
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-53709-7
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