Palliative Care in Conjunction With Your Cancer Treatment
Palliative care is not hospice care. Often misunderstood, Palliative Treatment has been shown to improve the lives of cancer patients that receive it throughout treatment and beyond. At Turville Bay, palliative care is given throughout a patient’s experience with cancer to improve their quality of life.
What is Palliative Care?
Palliative treatment for cancer patients addresses psychological, social, and even spiritual problems along with pain. Palliative treatment may include emotional concerns such as depression or anxiety, practical concerns including financial issues, and spiritual concerns or questions of faith.
At Turville Bay, palliative care is not used to treat the cancer itself, it is used to treat the symptoms and side effects of cancer and its treatment. Using small doses, radiation therapy reduces pain and discomfort providing patients with optimum function and independence. Turville Bay’s palliative care extends to supporting patients in their decision making and helping them achieve goals.
Palliative treatment is about care and support through your entire cancer therapy. Palliative care can begin at diagnosis and continue through cancer treatment and follow-up care. The earlier palliative care starts, the better the outcome.