Get Palliative Blog

Treating Pancreatic Cancer – How Palliative Care Helps

June 15, 2019

By Andrew Esch, MD

Pancreatic cancer is a devastating disease for patients and their families, with a heavy burden of pain and other symptoms. If you are living with pancreatic cancer, you don’t have to walk this road alone. Palliative care can help.  … Read More

Living with Colorectal Cancer: How Palliative Care Can Help

June 2, 2019

By Andrew Esch, MD

If you have colorectal cancer, you know that your pain, symptoms, and the side effects of treatments can take a toll on your quality of life.  Therefore, they can stop you from doing the things that are important to you. They can also lead to unwanted hospital stays. But palliative care can help. … Read More

Webinar On Demand: Managing the Symptoms of Ovarian Cancer with Palliative Care

May 11, 2019

By Andrew Esch, MD

When you are living with ovarian cancer, the symptoms and side effects can take a toll. Bloating, pain, nausea and fatigue can stop you from doing the things you enjoy, and can prevent you from keeping up with your treatments. Ovarian cancer can also have a big effect on your emotional health, body image and sexual functioning – all of which can create stress for you and your family. … Read More

Take Advantage of Free Palliative Care Webinars, Podcasts and Videos

May 4, 2019

Would you like to know about a medical team that can help you manage the symptoms and stress of living with a serious illness?  If you have cancer, COPD, heart or kidney disease, Parkinson’s, or any other serious illness, you might benefit from palliative care. If you don’t know much about it, watch and listen to the webinars, podcasts and videos on GetPalliativeCare.org.  You will learn from other patients, caregivers and palliative care experts as they explain how a referral to a palliative care team can help provide improve your quality of life. … Read More

Organizations Recommend Palliative Care

April 22, 2019

The number of medical and patient support organizations actively recommending palliative care continues to grow for people living with serious illnesses, and for good reason: palliative care focuses on relieving the symptoms and stress of the illness, and the goal is to improve quality of life for both the patient and the family.  … Read More

Is Palliative Care Right for You? Take the Quiz.

March 25, 2019

Are you or a loved one living with an illness like COPD, cancer, Parkinson’s, heart, or kidney disease? If you are, you might greatly benefit from palliative care – and you should demand it.

Palliative Care (pronounced pal-lee-uh-tiv) is specialized medical care that is focused on relieving the symptoms and stress of a serious illness. The goal is to improve quality of life. Palliative care is provided by a specially-trained team of doctors, nurses and other specialists who work together with your other doctors to provide an extra layer of support. It is appropriate at any age and at any stage in an illness, and it can be provided along with curative treatment. … Read More

Five Questions to Ask Your Doctor at Diagnosis

February 24, 2019

When you receive a diagnosis of cancer, congestive heart failure (CHF), COPD, or any other serious illness, it can be very hard to think clearly on the spot. In such a situation, try not to be preoccupied with asking all the “right” questions immediately. Here are some questions that can help with your conversation:

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How to Find Palliative Care

February 8, 2019

If you or a loved one is living with a serious illness and struggling with pain, stress or other symptoms, a referral to a palliative care team can help provide relief and improve your quality of life.  While a doctor referral is usually necessary, here’s a place to start: the Palliative Care Provider Directory on GetPalliativeCare.org.  The Provider Directory is designed to help you find and locate palliative care in your area, quickly and easily.  

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Are you living with an illness and feeling tired all the time? Palliative care can help.

January 15, 2019

If you’re living with an illness, it’s not unusual to also suffer with fatigue. Fatigue is the feeling of being easily tired so that you are unable to do everyday tasks.  You may feel especially forgetful, have a sense of general weakness, and feel unable to focus.

Fatigue is one of the most common symptoms of 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.

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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