|What is Palliative Care?
Where can I get palliative care near me?
How painful is cancer?
|What is the cost of palliative care in India?
|Which specialization does Palliative Care?
|How does Palliative Care help manage pain?
World Health Organization (W.H.O) defines Palliative Care as an approach that improves the quality of life of patients and their families facing the problem associated with life-threatening illness, through the prevention and relief of suffering by means of early identification and impeccable assessment and treatment of pain and other problems, physical, psycho-social and spiritual
Palliative care is usually provided at patients home. If the symptoms are uncontrollable, then the patient will get admitted for a short period in the in-patient department. Once it is under control patients are sent home and there will be follow ups from Palliative care unit. The family is also taught how to take care of the patients.
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Unrelieved pain can impact an individual lifestyle and cause various disruptions like loss of mobility, loss of concentration, loss of appetite, loss of sleep, depression, prolonged recovery after surgery and increased length of hospital stay.
However,most type of pain can be managed and controlled. Palliative care supports patients lead a healthy life and one of the sub-approaches of it is managing pain.
Pain is measured subjectively even today and differs from person to person. Each person gives a rating from 1 to 10 where 1 is no pain and 10 is worst possible pain.
A cancer patient experiences multiple types of pain. We have listed them below
|Bone Pain||Pain because of bone damage/trauma|
|Nerve Pain||Pain because of nerve damage. Sometimes the point at which one experiences pain
is reduced in cancer. This results in a pain type. A few types of this pain are:
Palliative care specialists can help provide palliative care. The usually focus on providing care and treatments which improve quality of life for people in any stage of their illness, whether it is life threatening, terminal or curable. Palliative care medicine is a relatively new specialization in modern medicine.
The goal of palliative care is to improve the overall quality of life of a patient and one pain management and relief from pain is one of the key areas of this approach.
|Palliative Care helps patients by|
|Providing relief from pain|
|Enhancing quality of life, and may also positively influence the course of illness|
|Offering a support system for patients and family to cope with the disease|
|Working on the psychological and spiritual aspects of patient care|
|Uses a team approach to address needs of patient and his/her family, including providing counselling|
Palliative Care should ideally be started when a person is diagnosed with a chronic disease because it takes care of the physical, psychological, social, financial and spiritual problems of the patient. Palliative care and Curative treatment should be started together ideally.
The cost of palliative care for a patient is usually less varies from case to case basis and from each provider of care. However, some institutions provide Palliative Care treatment free of cost.
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