Pallative Care and Cancer

Palliative Care and Cancer

by Donovan Leary
You or a loved one has just been diagnosed with a with a life-threating illness. You realize that you possibly have long hard journey full of obstacles waiting in front of you. You feel that your life Is changing, and that this illness is going to take over. Honestly you and your family members are just looking for some relief or help.

This is where Palliative care comes in to play. Palliative care is here to help you and or your loved ones. Palliative care goal is to improve the lives of the patients and their family members by identifying the illness and treating the illness in multiple ways. Some of those ways include pain treatments, psychosocial problems, spiritual problems, and other physical pains. Palliative care is an option that is there for anyone diagnosed with an illness that is life- threating, chronic, curable, and is available to noncancer patients. This health care option can be given to the patient at any point throughout treatment and is meant to be used alongside with other treatments and care.
Studies have shown that patient quality of life and survival rates are greater when involved in palliative care. Patients who receive palliative care tend to experience, less depression, and tend to feel more control of their personal life.
Palliative cares goal is to prevent the symptoms of the patient’s serious illness get in the way of them living their life. Getting involved in palliative care treatments will provide benefits to the patient affected and their loved ones get through and deal with this obstacles in their life’s.

Palliative care can help in the following areas:

  • Advance directives
  • Anxiety
  • Confusion
  • Constipation
  • Depression
  • Diarrhea
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Family concerns, stress and fear
  • Fatigue
  • Financial matters
  • Legal issues
  • Loss of appetite
  • Medical and insurance forms
  • Nausea
  • Pain
  • Questions of faith
  • sleep problems
  • Transitioning to end-of-life care
  • Weakness
  • Weight loss
  
  
When to see a palliative care doctor
  
  
There may be a point where you need to go to a palliative care doctor or take a loved one to visit one. The timing of this action will greatly improve the quality of the patient’s life. You can start palliative care at any point of your illness. Meaning as early as the day you get diagnosed and start treatments you can start palliative care.
 One of palliative cares main goals is helping patients with managing symptoms from the disease itself but also the treatments. Starting palliative care earlier can also help your palliative care team better understand your situation and help you deal with things such as anxiety, depression and fatigue that can set in early from treatments. Starting palliative care will help you and your family to understand and cope better. Those who have been diagnosed with things such as serious, long lasting, or with a life threating illness should go to see a palliative care doctor. If you or a loved one is having a hard time caring on daily life and activities such as cleaning, meal preparation, and shopping palliative care offers home services to help with those things.
Those who have a serious illness that has required them to visit the hospital multiple times in a year may also benefit from palliative services. Palliative care doesn’t mean that your dying. People do get cured and no longer need to be involved with palliative care and use the service as they feel they need it.  Palliative care is there to make your life and the life of loved ones better.
  
  
Got pain
Are you or experiencing pain related to a serious illness? Is this pain that your experiencing making it hard for you to manage your day? Are you looking for anything that can help you to relieve some of that pain and help get your quality of life back? Then palliative medical care is possibly the solution that you need. Palliative care offers care to patients who have a life limiting illness and its main goal is to offer care to patients at any disease stage or age. These Illnesses such as but not limited to cancer, heart disease, lung disease, kidney failure, dementia, HIV/AIDs, and ALS.
Pain, well what is it?  Pain is described as an unpleasant sensory or emotional experience associated with actual or potential tissue damage. Things such as nausea, anxiety, depression, constipation and physical pains to list a few. Many people who have serious illnesses are living and dealing with pains contributed from their illnesses and aren’t informed about proper pain treatments. Palliative care clinicians are trained in the management of pain related to chronic and severe illness.  They offer treatments with use of opioids and nonopioid treatments well as being skilled in array of pharmacologic and nonpharmacologic therapy.
While palliative care focuses on helping cancer patients manage their pains and works to improve overall quality of life. Palliative care is also effective at extending the lives of those involved. Pain related to your serious or chronic illness can be eased with a palliative care specialist.  The treatment you receive can reduce pains caused by your illness.   Getting involved in palliative care will reduce your discomfort and help you to enjoy life.
Please visit www.UpCancer.org for more information about palliative care and more information regarding cancer and treatments.