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

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

Clinical Obstetrics & Gynecology: March 2012 - Volume 55 - Issue 1 - p 173–184
doi: 10.1097/GRF.0b013e31824b1af1
Ovarian Cancer

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.

*Summa Health System, Palliative Care and Hospice Services

Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Division of Gynecologic Oncology, Summa Akron City Hospital, Akron, Ohio

The authors declare that they have nothing to disclose.

Correspondence: Vivian E. von Gruenigen, MD, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Division of Gynecologic Oncology, Summa Akron City Hospital, 525 East Market Med II, POB #2090, Akron, OH 44309. E-mail: vongruev@summahealth.org

© 2012 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.