Palliative Care 101 for Those Living with Colorectal Cancer
Hosted by Fight Colorectal Cancer
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If you’re living with colorectal cancer, you know that pain, symptoms, and the side effects of treatments can take a toll on your quality of life. 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.
Palliative care (pronounced pal-lee-uh-tiv) is specialized medical care for people living with serious illnesses, like colorectal cancer. This type of care focuses on 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 available in most hospitals and is growing quickly in outpatient clinics. In some areas, home visits are available. It’s important to know that the main organization representing cancer doctors, the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), recommends palliative care early in the disease and along with treatment for the cancer itself.
Dr. Popp is associate professor, Brookdale Department of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in NY. She participates in public awareness activities about palliative care on behalf of the Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC) and GetPalliativeCare.org, CAPC’s online resource for patients and families. GetPalliativeCare.org is focused on providing information about palliative care from the point of diagnosis.
You can search for a palliative care provider in your area through this Provider Directory. You can also hear a story about how palliative care helped one mother and her family by listening to this podcast.