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Semin Intervent Radiol. 2007 Dec;24(4):375-81. doi: 10.1055/s-2007-992325.

Palliative Care for Interventional Radiology: An Oncologist's Perspective.

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Division of Hematology/Oncology, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, Wisconsin.


Palliative care is an approach to care that seeks to improve the quality of life of patients and families facing problems due to life-threatening malignancies. Interventional radiology offers diagnostic, therapeutic, and palliative procedures that provide tangible benefits to oncology patients. A comprehensive evaluation and goals of care discussion will facilitate appropriate treatment recommendations from interventionalists. We describe a framework, with suggested questions for patients, which will enhance the level of communication between interventionalists and oncology patients.


Palliative care; decision making; ethics; goals of care; interventional radiology

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