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How Regulation Could Shape the Future of Telehealth in Palliative Care

October 26, 2023

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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Four “C”s Can Help You Understand Palliative Care

August 11, 2023

Many people living with a serious illness miss out on getting palliative care because they don’t know about it and how it works. Palliative care is specialized medical care that treats the symptoms and stress of serious illness. Palliative care treats any serious illness, but the most common ones are cancer, heart disease, stroke, diabetes, kidney disease, Parkinson’s, and Alzheimer’s diseases.

Understanding the following four “C”s can help you and your family talk to your doctor and ask for palliative care. … Read More

Talking about Sexuality and Intimacy When You’re Living with a Serious Illness

July 9, 2023

People living with a serious illness often have questions and concerns about sexuality and intimacy. But intimacy and sexuality aren’t always noticed by the people who treat you. Discussing how your illness has affected your relationships may help you open the door to the conversation if your health care team doesn’t bring it up first. … Read More

How Palliative Care Can Help People with Alzheimer’s Disease and their Families

May 22, 2023

Palliative care can provide many benefits to people living with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias, and their caregivers.

Palliative care can provide many benefits to people living with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias, and their caregivers.

“Palliative care is an opportunity for you and your loved one to get a helping hand and make it easier for both of you,” says Doris Phildor, Health Systems Director at the Alzheimer’s Association in New York City.  … Read More

Managing Shortness of Breath to Improve Your Quality of Life

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 disease (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

Dan’s Palliative Care Story

March 29, 2023

Dan is a former palliative care nurse practitioner, avid hunter, and cyclist who was diagnosed with frontotemporal dementia at age 47. Dan received palliative care early in his diagnosis. … Read More

Palliative Care Helps You Live with Colorectal Cancer

March 15, 2023


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

Penobscot Bay Pilot

PBMC expands palliative care program with Harvard Pilgrim grant

March 13, 2023