loading

How does palliative care enhance the quality of life for cancer patients?

  • Home
  • Blog
  • How does palliative care enhance the quality of life for cancer patients?

How does palliative care enhance the quality of life for cancer patients?

QuestionsCategory: cancerHow does palliative care enhance the quality of life for cancer patients?
Eashita asked 8 months ago
How does palliative care enhance the quality of life for cancer patients?
Dr. Bommu Venkateshwara Reddy Staff replied 8 months ago

Palliative care
A specific medical care is to be given to the patients suffering from serious or chronic illnesses such as cancer is called palliative care.
Personalised care is provided to ease the symptoms of serious illnesses. Palliative care is intended to enhance the patients’ care and mainly targets the quality of life of patients and their families.
Issues addressed in palliative care:

Palliative care focuses on a wide range of issues to cater to patient-specific needs and is as follows:

Physical symptoms. Urge to vomit, pain, tiredness, loss of appetite, breathlessness, and sleeplessness

Emotional and coping. Emotions such as fear, anxiety, and depression come during diagnosis, and treatment is taken care of by specialists.

Spiritual. Patients and their families have different thought processes during diagnosis as to why they are affected by cancer, and some others will find the disease brings them closer to their spiritual beliefs. Experts can help people by exploring their values to find peace and accept the situation.

Needs of a caregiver. Friends and family play a crucial role in cancer care. The overwhelming responsibilities of personal work, housework, and caring for family make it difficult for caregivers to provide cancer care to their sick loved ones.

Caregivers feel stress when they are not aware of medical situations and are handling emotions such as fear and worry.Here, palliative specialists help with caregiver support for patients.
Practical needs. Specialists need assistance with financial, legal, and insurance queries. More discussion of guidance is to be communicated among family, caregivers, and the oncology team for better goals of care.
Palliative and supportive care after treatment
Supportive care needs to be given even after the treatment, as new side effects will show up.
The follow-up care plan is ready for the late effects of treatment.

Call Now