What is Palliative & Supportive Care?

What is Palliative & Supportive Care?

06 May, 2021

The physical and emotional effects of cancer and its treatment may be very different from person to person. Palliative & Supportive care is specialized medical care that can address a broad range of such issues, integrating an individual’s specific needs into care. It aims to provide symptom relief and improve the quality of life for both patients and their families, irrespective of the diagnosis or stage of the disease.

What to expect

What issues are addressed in the Palliative & Supportive Care Clinic?

Physical: Common physical symptoms include pain, fatigue, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, shortness of breath, and insomnia.

Emotional and coping: We provide resources to help patients and families deal with the emotions that come with a cancer diagnosis and cancer treatment. Depression, anxiety, and fear are only a few of the concerns that can be addressed through palliative & supportive care.

Caregiver needs: Family members are an important part of cancer care. It’s common for family members to become overwhelmed by the extra responsibilities placed upon them.  Uncertainty about how to help their loved one with medical situations, inadequate social support, and emotions such as worry and fear can also add to caregiver stress. These challenges can compromise caregivers’ own health. We help families and friends cope and give them the support they need.

Practical needs.  We facilitate provision of the necessary medications for symptomatic relief. We also work in close collaboration with agencies that provide excellent home based patient care during the difficult part of the illness and near the end of life.

Categories >> Pain Management
Tags >> Cancer Pain