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Why It’s Important to Review Your Medication List with Your Doctors

May 17, 2024

Taking five or more prescription medications (called polypharmacy) is more common than most people realize. Research shows that it is very common among older adults. Usually, this is because the person has several chronic conditions. That’s why health care providers tend to add medicine. The problem? The chances of having poor outcomes go up the more medication you take. Your palliative care team can make a difference. … Read More

How Addressing Fatigue Can Improve Your Quality of Life

May 2, 2024

Are you or a loved one living with a serious illness like cancer, COPD, or heart failure? While you may be focused on managing the main symptoms of your illness, there’s another common one that is not often recognized or treated: fatigue.

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All About Telehealth and How It Can Help You or a Loved One

April 1, 2024

You’ve probably heard a lot about telehealth, or the ability to have doctor appointments via phone and video chat. Now, more than ever, doctors have been making it available to their patients. 

If you or a loved one are living with a serious illness, telehealth is a great way to have regular appointments with your palliative care team and keep in touch regularly. You may first need to visit the doctor in person, but after that, you may be able to do most of your visits from where you’re most comfortable—at home.   … Read More

How Palliative Care Has Helped Debbie Who Lives with Multiple Myeloma

February 28, 2024

It’s been over 10 years since we recorded our first video with Debbie, and we are happy to report that she is doing well. In the summer of 2022, Debbie agreed to join us for another video to talk about how palliative care has helped her. … Read More

How Palliative Care Helps People Living with Heart Failure

January 25, 2024

Heart failure and palliative care

By Andrew Esch, MD

Heart failure is a serious illness that can take a toll on quality of life for patients and their families. If you are living with heart failure, you already know that it is a serious illness in which the heart is unable to pump blood properly. Palliative care can help. … Read More

All About Home-Based Palliative Care and How It Can Help You

January 6, 2024

Are you or a loved one living with a serious illness like cancer, stroke, dementia, or heart or lung disease? If so, you may find that you need help managing symptoms, reducing stress, and improving your quality of life. Palliative care can help.  … Read More

When Should You Ask For Palliative Care?

December 11, 2023

If you or a loved one are living with a serious illness, you should learn if palliative care is right for you—and when to ask for it.  

Palliative care is specialized medical care for people living with a serious illness. It provides relief from the symptoms and stress of 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 who works together with your other doctors to provide an extra layer of support. It is appropriate at any age and at any stage in your illness. And it can be provided along with treatment that is meant to cure you.  … Read More

Palliative Care Helps the Caregiver, Too

November 11, 2023

If you are caring for someone receiving palliative care or for someone who needs it, you should know that the palliative care team will help you, too. … Read More

How Palliative Care Helps with Body Image Concerns from Breast Cancer

October 9, 2023

Breast cancer is one of the most common types of cancer in women in the United States. In fact, a woman has a 1 in 8 chance of developing breast cancer during her lifetime, according to the American Cancer Society. The good news is that breast cancer deaths have been on the decline for many years now. Increased awareness, better screening and better treatment are saving lives.  … Read More

What to Expect from Your First Palliative Care Meeting

September 19, 2023

Older woman and her daughter attend a palliative care meeting with a palliative care clinician

If you are facing a serious illness and have asked for palliative care, you may be wondering what the first meeting will be like. Here are five things you can expect.

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