Palliative Care

  • Mary McDonald
  • Daniel L. SwagertyEmail author


Urologists, more than ever, are commonly long-term providers of care to their patients over several years, developing meaningful therapeutic relationships. Like many areas of medicine, urology has been successful in curing many of the common acute ailments and now is increasingly faced with managing chronic disease. As part of this aspect of their practice, urologists may find end-of-life care very rewarding. The dying process has become more complex and now takes longer. Patients in the USA now live an average of 30 months after they receive a terminal diagnosis. During those 30 months, patients often receive about 75 % of the health care that they receive during their entire lifetime. This chapter reviews important concepts in palliative and end-of-life care for those who provide urologic care for older adults.


Palliative Care Fecal Impaction Cytoreductive Nephrectomy Palliative Approach Chemoreceptor Trigger Zone 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Community and Family MedicineHoward University College of MedicineWashington, DCUSA
  2. 2.Department of Family Medicine and Landon Center on AgingUniversity of Kansas Medical CenterKansas CityUSA

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