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

Not Recruiting

Trial ID: NCT03611309


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)

Stanford Investigator(s)

Shireen N. Heidari
Shireen N. Heidari

Clinical Assistant Professor, Medicine - Primary Care and Population Health


Inclusion Criteria:

   - 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:

   - No previous involvement of palliative care providers in their care course


other: Surgeon-palliative care team co management

other: Surgeon team alone management

Not Recruiting

Contact Information

Stanford University
School of Medicine
300 Pasteur Drive
Stanford, CA 94305
Rachel Siden

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