Palliative treatment What does this mean? Part 3

Palliative Treatment

Palliative treatment is a term used to represent the care or therapy of a patient. More specifically it focuses on the their symptoms by addressing them directly and building a treatment plan that focuses on their needs.

The care plan aims to improve their quality of life through medical, emotional and spiritual support.  It’s a treatment that helps the patient live their life to its fullest, whereas hospice aims to make a dying patient’s final days peaceful.

I believe that palliative care should begin at the onset of a cancer diagnosis.  A team of experts and specialists should be brought together to assist in the patient’s treatment plan.  Nutritionists, physical therapists, massage therapists, chiropractors, psychologists and other members should be on a cancer patient’s super team.

The cancer experience often leaves you feeling like a child, overwhelmed and frightened.  It is at these scary moments that having someone educated, experienced and empathetic at your side can be the difference between a life of hell and one well lived.

 

Palliative Care

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