Terminally ill cancer patients fare poorly after surgery

UC Davis researchers urge end-of-life discussions prior to operating

Patients with disseminated advanced cancer who undergo surgery are far more likely to endure long hospital stays and readmissions, purchase referrals to extended care facilities and death, order UC Davis researchers have found.

Their study, stuff published today in PLOS One, highlights the dilemma physicians and surgeons face when their terminally ill cancer patients are diagnosed with conditions that may benefit from surgery, such as bowel obstruction, as well as the need for substantive discussions about the risks of surgery and implications on future quality of life.

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