Are you or a loved one facing a serious illness? Palliative Care can help. Palliative care is specialized medical care for people with serious illness. It is appropriate at any age and at any stage in your illness, and you can have it along with curative treatment. The goal is to relieve symptoms and stress and improve your quality of life.

Webinar: How to Improve Your Quality of Life by Managing Fatigue

February 14, 2018

FREE.  Join Us. Register here!

When:
Wed, Feb 28, 2018 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM EST

Featured Presenter:
Andrew E. Esch, MD, MBA

Webinar Description:
If you or a loved one has a serious illness, it might include feeling easily tired, unable to do everyday tasks, or stay focused. You may feel weak or even forgetful.  Fatigue is one of the most common symptoms in people with a serious illness, but it is often not recognized by doctors. If left unaddressed, this symptom can undermine your quality of life and even your ability to pursue treatment for your illness. But while it can be difficult to find the exact cause, there are many treatment options that can help improve overall energy level and quality of life.

The first step is to learn more about the signs, causes and treatments that can improve your quality of life. Join us!

Who should attend:
Anyone facing serious illness, and their caregivers

Dr. Esch is medical education consultant to the Center to Advance Palliative Care. A palliative care specialist, Dr. Esch focuses on improving the quality of life for patients and their families as they face serious illness. Dr. Esch earned his medical degree from the University of Buffalo.

Register here!

 

Improving quality of life for people living with congestive heart failure

February 11, 2018

Life with congestive heart failure (CHF) can be a difficult journey. Your symptoms may get in the way of day-to-day activities, your family members may worry about how to take care of you, and you may be unsure about what to expect and how to plan for your future. Palliative care can help make that journey easier on you and your family, so you can live as well as possible.

Palliative care is team-based medical care that is focused on improving quality of life for people living with serious illness and their families. It provides an added layer of support to control your pain and symptoms and to coordinate your care. Your palliative care team will work closely with your heart doctor and any other doctors who are treating you, to make sure your treatment plan is right for you. … Read More

Living well with serious illness: Gregory’s lung cancer story

January 28, 2018

Gregory has never been much of a runner. When it comes to exercise, he’s always preferred hiking. But tomorrow, along with his wife and two young children, he’s going to attempt to run his first 5K. For any of us who don’t run very often, a race like this would seem like a challenge in and of itself. But for Gregory—who has been living with stage IV metastatic non-small cell lung cancer for a little over a year now—it’s much more than that.

“If you had asked me back then if I ever thought I’d be here preparing to run a race, I wouldn’t have believed you,” says Gregory from his home outside Atlanta.

Back then, shortness of breath coupled with the painful side effects of a surgery to remove fluid in his lungs were consuming Gregory’s life. He needed support to relieve his symptoms and he needed help understanding how to best prepare for an uncertain future. Most of all, he wanted to get back to being the active person he always was.

That’s when Gregory found palliative care.

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Webinar: How to Improve Your Quality of Life by Managing Fatigue

When:
Wed, Feb 28, 2018 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM EST

Register here.

Featured Presenter:
Andrew E. Esch, MD, MBA

Webinar Description:
If you or a loved one has a serious illness, it might include feeling easily tired, unable to do everyday tasks, or stay focused. You may feel weak or even forgetful.  Fatigue is one of the most common symptoms in people with a serious illness, but it is often not recognized by doctors. If left unaddressed, this symptom can undermine your quality of life and even your ability to pursue treatment for your illness. But while it can be difficult to find the exact cause, there are many treatment options that can help improve overall energy level and quality of life.

The first step is to learn more about the signs, causes and treatments that can improve your quality of life. Join us!

Who should attend:
Anyone facing serious illness, and their caregivers

Dr. Esch is medical education consultant to the Center to Advance Palliative Care. A palliative care specialist, Dr. Esch focuses on improving the quality of life for patients and their families as they face serious illness. Dr. Esch earned his medical degree from the University of Buffalo.

Register here.

A Quality Life: Barbara and Laren’s Pancreatic Cancer Story

January 14, 2018

For 50 years—three years of courtship and 47 years of marriage—Barbara and Laren of Atlanta have always struck the perfect balance. Barbara, the retired nurse and eternal optimist, is a bubbly dreamer who loves spending her free time in her garden so she can “hold mother nature’s hand.” Laren, the scientist and down-to-earth realist, is guided by practicality and a strict adherence to facts and numbers. Yet ever since the two met riding bikes while in college, they’ve been inseparable.

“We are very different people but it’s always just worked for us,” says Barbara. “Laren is the calm and patient one,” she adds through laughter.

Barbara has always been her family’s rock. While raising four highly-accomplished children or helping Laren deal with the struggles of his heart condition, Barbara has always been there standing strong. But more than two years ago, Barbara was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, and seemingly out of nowhere, the couple’s lives flipped upside down.

“Barbara was always the one who took care of us and held us together. Now suddenly things are reversed. That’s not easy,” says Laren.

This is a story about finding a sense of control amidst an uncertain future. This is a story about doing everything you can for the ones you love. This is Barbara and Laren’s palliative care story.

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Introducing the New and Expanded Palliative Care Provider Directory

January 9, 2018

Looking for palliative care in your area? Here’s good news: GetPalliativeCare.org has just launched its new, expanded Palliative Care Provider Directory for patients with serious illness, their families, friends and caregivers. The new Provider Directory is specifically designed for users to identify and locate palliative care providers in their area, quickly and easily, in both hospital and community-based settings.

Palliative care is specialized medical care for people with serious illness. This type of care is focused on providing relief from the symptoms and stress of a serious illness. The goal is to improve quality of life for both the patient and the family. Palliative care is provided by a specially-trained team of doctors, nurses and other specialists who work together with a patient’s other doctors to provide an extra layer of support. It is appropriate at any age and at any stage in a serious illness, and it can be provided along with curative treatment.

Because of the growth, availability of, and demand for palliative care services beyond the hospital, the new Palliative Care Provider Directory lets users search for palliative care based on the setting where they can get the care: Hospital, Home, Nursing Home and Office/Clinic.

Along with the Provider Directory, the website has also been refreshed and relaunched. GetPalliativeCare.org is now easier to navigate and provides improved features such as webinars, briefings and multimedia presentations.

The Palliative Care Provider Directory is available at GetPalliativeCare.Org, CAPC’s online resource for patients and families. The website focuses solely on providing information on palliative care from the point of diagnosis.

Three ways palliative care teams help caregivers  

December 17, 2017

When your loved ones are facing serious illness, you won’t let them tackle the obstacles alone. Their struggles are your struggles. Their pain is your pain. Their fears are your fears. You listen to them, care for them, and walk their disease journey with them. You’re their rock on the days when everything seems too difficult to handle. You’re there to help them in any way you can.

But who helps you?

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A Quality Life: Karena’s Palliative Care Story

December 3, 2017

Many patients facing serious illness say that some of the most difficult things to deal with are pain, stress and a loss of control. This is because an illness like cancer, COPD, kidney disease or ALS can make an independent person feel helpless for the first time in their lives.

… Read More