Palliative Care

  • Qian Geng
  • Xiaolin Pu
  • Kun Yan
  • Qin Huang
  • Ellen Hui Zhan


Palliative care plays an increasingly important role in terminally ill patients with advanced gastric cardiac cancer. The most important task in palliative care is to reduce mental and physical suffering and help patients live more comfortably. This requires a multidisciplinary approach with specialists from oncology, social work, nutrition, and psychology. This procedure may be executed in conjunction with other curative interventions including chemotherapy and radiation therapy as early as possible to prevent complications and potentially prolong patient life.


Gastric cancer Stomach Cancer Gastric cardia Palliative care 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Qian Geng
    • 1
  • Xiaolin Pu
    • 1
  • Kun Yan
    • 2
  • Qin Huang
    • 3
    • 4
  • Ellen Hui Zhan
    • 5
  1. 1.Department of Oncology the Affiliated Changzhou No.2 People’s Hospital of Nanjing Medical UniversityChangzhouPeople’s Republic of China
  2. 2.VA North California Healthcare SystemMatherUSA
  3. 3.Pathology and Laboratory MedicineVeterans Affairs Boston Healthcare SystemWest RoxburyUSA
  4. 4.Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s HospitalBostonUSA
  5. 5.Harvard Medical School, VA Boston Healthcare SystemBostonUSA

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