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Clinical Obstetrics & Gynecology:
doi: 10.1097/GRF.0b013e31824b1af1
Ovarian Cancer

Palliative and End-of-Life Care for Patients With Ovarian Cancer

RADWANY, STEVEN M. MD*; VON GRUENIGEN, VIVIAN E. MD

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Abstract

Palliative care improves the quality of life of patients and their families through the prevention and treatment of distressing symptoms while addressing the psychological, social, and spiritual aspects of patient care. Emerging paradigms of delivery promote early involvement in the disease trajectory and specialty approaches to care. Interdisciplinary assessment and shared decision making are important components. Throughout the disease course, aggressive symptom management can improve patients’ quality of life and their ability to tolerate and continue treatment. End-of-life care focuses on comfort, control, meaning, and support that become particularly intense when death is imminent.

© 2012 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.

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