Palliative Surgery



Palliative care is a team approach aiming at best possible symptom control during end-of-life treatment. In the rural setting, not all key-contributors to palliative care may be available, this makes the role of the team leader (surgeon) very important. Palliative surgery is a very challenging and interesting field of patient-centred surgical decision-making.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of General SurgeryMount Gambier General Hospital and Flinders University Rural Medical SchoolMount GambierAustralia

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