Psychological response to surgery
This chapter discusses the various tools that palliative care practitioners can use to determine the best way to assess and handle a patient's capacity to tolerate the required surgical procedure to treat their symptoms. It provides information on what palliative care practitioners can expect in the postoperative period, as the patient continues to face their life-limiting illness, and presents a discussion on preoperative and postoperative psychological issues and how these can contribute to the difficulties in caring for patients. Emotional problems and the effect of body-image issues on terminally ill patients can also be affected by these psychological issues. The different defence mechanisms adopted by the patients in order to cope with the stress are also examined.
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