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Archive for the ‘Cancer Care’ Category

Palliative care is a multidisciplinary approach to specialized medical and nursing care for people with life-limiting illnesses.

It focuses on providing relief from the symptoms, pain, physical stress, and mental stress at any stage of illness.

The goal is to improve the quality of life for both the person and their family

Palliative care is provided by a team of physicians, nurses, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, and other health professionals who work together with the primary care physician and referred specialists and other hospital or hospice staff to provide additional support.

Oncology is a branch of medicine that deals with the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of cancer.

A medical professional who practices oncology is an oncologist.

Cancer survival has improved due to three main components including improved prevention efforts to reduce exposure to risk factors (e.g., tobacco smoking and alcohol consumption), improved screening of several cancers (allowing for earlier diagnosis), and improvements in treatment.

Cancers are often managed through discussion on multi-disciplinary cancer conferences where medical oncologists, surgical oncologists, radiation oncologists, pathologists, radiologists, and organ-specific oncologists meet to find the best possible management for an individual patient considering the physical, social, psychological, emotional, and financial status of the patient.

Hospice care is a type of care and philosophy of care that focuses on the palliation (easing the severity of pain or disease without removing the cause) of a chronically ill, terminally ill or seriously ill patient’s pain and symptoms and attending to their emotional and spiritual needs.

The modern concept of hospice includes palliative care for the incurably ill given in such institutions as hospitals or nursing homes, but also care provided to those who would rather spend their last months and days of life in their own homes.

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