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Managing Shortness of Breath to Improve Your Quality of Life

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Recorded: February 12, 2019 @ 1:30 ET

Featured Presenter:
Tara Liberman, DO
Northwell Health

Webinar Description:
Shortness of breath is one of the most common symptoms for people living with a serious illness. It can be caused by asthma, cancer, heart failure, chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD), pneumonia, or other conditions. Struggling for air can be exhausting and frightening for you and for your caregivers. A palliative care team can help. Palliative care is available at any stage of your disease and the earlier you get it, the better.  … Read More

Did you know?

December 17, 2018

How do I know if palliative care is right for me?
Palliative care may be right for you if you suffer from pain, stress or other symptoms due to a serious illness.  Illnesses may include cancer, heart disease, lung disease, kidney disease, Alzheimer’s, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s and many more. You can have palliative care at any age and at any stage of your illness, and you can have it together with treatment meant to cure you.

What can I expect from palliative care?
You can expect relief from symptoms such as pain, shortness of breath, fatigue, constipation, nausea, loss of appetite and difficulty sleeping. Palliative care helps you carry on with your daily life. It improves your ability to go through medical treatments. It helps you better understand your condition and your choices for medical care. In short, you can expect the best possible quality of life.  … Read More

Webinar On-Demand: Living with Ovarian Cancer-How Palliative Care Can Help

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Recorded: December 13, 2018 @ 10:30 ET

Featured Presenter:
Beth Popp, MD

Webinar Description:
If you or a loved one has ovarian cancer, the experience might include pain, nausea, feeling tired, worried, and unable to do everyday tasks. If left unaddressed, the symptoms and stress of ovarian cancer, and the side effects of treatment, can undermine your quality of life and even your ability to pursue treatment for your illness. But palliative care can help ─ especially early in your illness. The first step is to learn more.  … Read More

Maintaining Quality of Life with Alzheimer’s: Palliative Care Can Help

November 7, 2018

If you or a loved one are living with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia, you know you are facing a difficult road ahead. The disease begins with memory loss, confusion and trouble making decisions, and gets worse over time, eventually affecting basic control over the body. But with the help of a medical specialty called palliative care, there is a lot that can be done to make people living with dementia more comfortable and reduce distress.

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Quality of life with liver disease. Palliative care can help.

October 24, 2018

If you are living with liver disease, you know that your illness can affect almost every part of your body and the way you feel emotionally. It’s a difficult road to travel and can be frightening for you and for your loved ones. Palliative care can help. … Read More

Maintaining control with Parkinson’s disease through palliative care

October 14, 2018

If you or someone you love is living with Parkinson’s disease, there are ways to improve your quality of life. While there is no cure for Parkinson’s disease, there are medications and treatments that can reduce the symptoms. A medical specialty called palliative care can help.

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Living well with serious illness: Deadra’s lupus story

September 27, 2018

For junior high sweethearts Darryl and Andrea Gladden, the needs of their three daughters and one son have always come before anything else.

“All we have ever wanted is for our kids to be able to do what brings them happiness,” says Darryl.

This need to support their children at every turn has been magnified over the years as all three of their daughters were diagnosed with lupus when each entered their teen years.

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Palliative care for leukemia and lymphoma is important for you and your family

September 5, 2018

If you have leukemia or lymphoma, you and your family are on a difficult journey. But you don’t have to travel it alone. Palliative care can help.

Palliative care is specialized medical care for people living with serious illnesses like leukemia and lymphoma. It is focused on treating the pain, symptoms, and stress of the illness, with the goal of improving quality of life for you and for your family. Palliative care is provided by a team of doctors, nurses, and other specialists, who work together with your other doctors to give you an added layer of support. It is available at the same time as all your other treatments.

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Are you living with serious illness and feeling depressed? Palliative care can help.

August 12, 2018

If you’re living with a serious or chronic illness, it’s easy to overlook symptoms of depression or anxiety. You may assume that it’s normal to feel sad or worried when you’re sick, and you may believe that your symptoms are caused by your other medical problems. And while it is normal to have days when you feel blue, if those feelings of sadness don’t go away, you’re having trouble eating or sleeping, or you’re not enjoying things the way you normally do, something is wrong. Palliative care can help.

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Webinar On-Demand: Managing Lung Cancer Symptoms and Improving Quality of Life

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Recorded: Wednesday, August 8 @ 12 pm ET
Sponsored by: Lung Cancer Alliance

Featured Presenter:
Andy Esch, MD, MBA

Webinar Description:
If you or a loved one is living with lung cancer, you already know there can be difficult side effects and symptoms caused by the disease and its treatment.  Many linger and persist afterwards as well. … Read More