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
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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.
You can receive palliative care in a variety of places, including the hospital, outpatient clinic and at home. Most insurance plans, including Medicare and Medicaid, cover it.
What can you expect from palliative care? You can expect relief from symptoms such as pain, shortness of breath, fatigue, constipation, nausea, loss of appetite, depression, anxiety, difficulty sleeping and much more. 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.
To see if palliative care is right for you or a loved one, take the quiz. Answer the questions to determine whether palliative care is right for you or someone close to you. If you need palliative care you just have to ask for it! Tell your doctors and nurses that you would like to see the palliative care team. You can start with the Palliative Care Provider Directory on GetPalliativeCare.org. That’s where you can find palliative care in your area, quickly and easily.
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.
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.
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.
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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Recorded: Wednesday, August 8 @ 12 pm ET
Sponsored by: Lung Cancer Alliance
Andy Esch, MD, MBA
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
Lymphedema is often brushed off as a minor complication of life-saving treatment for cancer. But if you are living with it, you know that lymphedema can have a major impact on your quality of life – affecting both your physical and emotional well-being. Palliative care can help.
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Recorded: Tue, May 15, 2018 @ 1:00 PM ET
Dr. Jennifer Scherer, MD
Division of Palliative Care and the Division of Nephrology at NYU School of Medicine
If you or a loved one is living with serious kidney disease, you might be struggling with symptoms such as pain and itchiness. … Read More