For cancer patients, it’s important to remember that the effects of cancer and its treatment can be very different from person to person. A palliative care team includes a group of specialists who look at each person’s situation and work together to help the patient and caregiver with various types of needs. The palliative care team can help by:
Palliative care should be offered and be available from the time of diagnosis until it’s no longer needed – at any stage and in any care setting.
There are many studies that show the benefits of palliative care on the well-being of patients and their families or caregivers. For example, studies have shown that patients who have palliative care visits while in the hospital spend less time in intensive care units and are less likely to visit the emergency room or to be re-admitted to the hospital after they go home. Studies have also shown that people with chronic illnesses, like cancer, who get palliative care have less severe symptoms. They have better quality of life, less pain, less shortness of breath, less depression, and less nausea.
Research has also shown that cancer patients receiving palliative care have better emotional health. This may be because their medical care tends to better align with their values, goals, and preferences. Their families also feel more satisfied with the patient’s care.
Some studies have also suggested that starting palliative care soon after a cancer diagnosis may also extend survival.
Learn more about our Pathways Palliative Care Program.
Join us for our Living With Cancer support group.
When: 1st and 3rd Mondays from 12pm-1:30pm
Where: Hospice of the North Coast
2525 Pio Pico Drive, Suite 101, Carlsbad, CA 92008