Perioperative Palliative Care Surrounding Cancer Surgery for Patients & Their Family Members

Trial ID or NCT#



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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.

Official Title

A Multi-Center Randomized Controlled Trial of Perioperative Palliative Care Surrounding Cancer Surgery for Patients and Their Family Members (the PERIOP-PC Trial)

Eligibility Criteria

Ages Eligible for Study: Older than 18 Years
Sexes Eligible for Study: ALL
Accepts Healthy Volunteers: No
Inclusion Criteria:
  1. * 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.
Exclusion Criteria:
  1. * No previous involvement of palliative care providers in their care course


Shireen N. Heidari
Shireen N. Heidari
Palliative medicine doctor
Clinical Associate Professor, Medicine - Primary Care and Population Health

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