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Year : 2016  |  Volume : 22  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 244--251

Palliative care in musculoskeletal oncology

Department of Surgical Oncology, Orthopedic Oncology (Bone and Soft Tissue Services), Tata Memorial Hospital, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

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Ashish Gulia
Department of Surgical Oncology, Orthopedic Oncology (Bone and Soft Tissue Services), Tata Memorial Hospital, Mumbai, Maharashtra
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DOI: 10.4103/0973-1075.185026

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Patients in advanced stages of illness trajectories with local and widespread musculoskeletal incurable malignancies, either treatment naive or having recurrence are referred to the palliative care clinic to relieve various disease-related symptoms and to improve the quality of life. Palliative care is a specialized medicine that offers treatment to the disease-specific symptoms, places emphasis on the psychosocial and spiritual aspects of life and help the patients and their family to cope with advance stage cancer in a stronger and reasonable way. The overall outcome of musculoskeletal malignancies has improved with the advent of multidisciplinary management. Even then these tumors do relapse and leads to organ failures and disease-specific deaths in children and young adults in productive age group thus requiring an integrated approach to improve the supportive/palliative care needs in end-stage disease. In this article, we would like to discuss the spectrum of presentation of advanced musculoskeletal malignancies, skeletal metastasis, and their management.


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