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Palliative Modified Radical Mastectomy to Improve Quality of Life by Decreasing Disease Burden: A Case Report
Sohayla Rostami1*, Seth B. Ladd1, Linda Stewart1, Jackie Battista1
1Department of Surgery, St. Johns Episcopal Hospital, Far Rockaway, New York, USA
Corresponding Author: Sohayla Rostami, DO ORCID iD
Address: Department of Surgery, St John’s Episcopal Hospital, 327 Beach 19th St, Queens, NY 11691, United States.
Received date: 02 June 2021; Accepted date: 26 June 2021; Published date: 02 July 2021
Citation: Rostami S, Ladd SB, Stewart L, Battista J. Palliative Modified Radical Mastectomy to Improve Quality of Life by Decreasing Disease Burden: A Case Report . Asp Biomed Clin Case Rep. 2021 Jul 02;4(2):119-24.
Copyright © 2021 Rostami S, Ladd SB, Stewart L, Battista J. This is an open-access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium provided the original work is properly cited.
Keywords: Palliative Surgery, Palliative Medicine, Mastectomy, Disease Burden, Quality of Life
In cases of advanced pathology, palliative medicine is able to confer a great deal of relief to the patient. In the same light, surgical intervention is able to provide increased quality of life in cases of extensive disease burden, providing palliation where curative measures cannot be achieved. In the case study therein, a patient presents with metastatic breast cancer with a localized fungating mass contributing to severe local and systemic symptomatology. In this setting, invasive management of her disease allowed for clinical improvement of the patient when medical management alone was not sufficient. The patient quickly demonstrated recovery of her symptoms in the post-operative phase when the local disease was resected. The utilization of invasive measures, as seen in this case, further proves the importance of multidisciplinary palliative care where surgical measures are included in patient care.