Esophageal Cancer Clinical Trial
Perioperative Palliative Care Surrounding Cancer Surgery for Patients & Their Family Members
The study goal is to compare surgeon-palliative care team co-management, versus surgeon alone management, of patients and family members preparing for major upper gastrointestinal cancer surgery. The study also aims to explore, using qualitative methods, the impact of surgeon-palliative care team co-management versus surgeon alone management on the perioperative care experience for patients, family members, surgeons, and palliative care clinicians.
The components of surgeon palliative care team co management practices will include Time, Education, Assessments, and Multi disciplinary (TEAM) element.
Time; At least 60 minutes/month (per patient and caregiver preference) devoted to palliative care treatments for the patient and family
Education - Patients and family members, per their desires and wishes, are counseled and educated about their disease, including self-management of symptoms, prognosis, and treatment options
Assessment - Formal assessment of symptoms including pain, dyspnea, constipation/diarrhea, anxiety/depression, fatigue, and nausea. Edmonton symptom score33 will be used as a formal assessment.
Multi-Disciplinary - Management must be multi disciplinary with access to a multi-disciplinary palliative care team composed of nurse, physician, social worker, pharmacist, and/or chaplain team members.
18 years of age and must be able to give informed consent.
Diagnosed with pancreatic cancer or hepatocellular cancer or esophageal cancer or gastric cancer and/or cholangio carcinomas
Non emergent, upper gastrointestinal cancer related surgery with a goal of primary resection of the tumor- optimal surgical goal is cure, not merely disease palliation.
One companion per patient will be allowed to participate. In addition, to being identified by the patient at being a key caregiver throughout the surgery period, these companions must be able to give informed consent and at least 18 years of age.
No previous involvement of palliative care providers in their care course
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There are 5 Locations for this study
Stanford California, 94304, United States
Baltimore Maryland, 21287, United States
Boston Massachusetts, 02115, United States
Albuquerque New Mexico, 87131, United States
Columbus Ohio, 43210, United States
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