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who qualifies for palliative care?

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Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Radiation Oncology 47 years experience
Current peer: Reviewed research urges incorporating comfort care with cure measure at diagnosis, but recognizing the time to abandon futile efforts reuires humility, honesty and bravery in doctors, and focuses onwhat provides patient value rather than another regimen with more chance of toxicity than comfort.
Dr. Anthony Back
Medical Oncology 37 years experience
Serious illness!: Anyone with serious illness and symptoms, stress, or the need to consider goals of care. Palliative care is appropriate at any stage of illness and can be given along with disease-modifying treatments, like chemo.
Dr. Ilana Newman
Palliative Care 26 years experience
Life-limiting: Patients with life-limiting conditions, such as cancer, or advanced heart/lung/liver/kidney/neurological diseases. They may have symptoms that are difficult to control or need to discuss treatment options. Patients with chronic pain problems for other reasons are not appropriate for palliative care and should be seen by pain specialists or physicial medicine and rehabilitation specialist

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What is palliative care?

3 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Maya Porrino
Family Medicine 16 years experience
Pain control: Palliative care is care that addresses pain and suffering. It is comfort care. It does not seek to cure disease.
A 43-year-old member asked:

Whats palliative care?

2 doctor answers12 doctors weighed in
Dr. Keith Stockerl-Goldstein
Hematology and Oncology 30 years experience
Relieve symptoms: Palliative care refers to medical care typically used for patients with terminal illness with a focus on relieving symptoms, pain and stress rather than a focus on curing the underlying medical problem.
Dr. Alan Faustino
Internal Medicine 26 years experience
This usually involves a team approach and also help a loved ones coped with the effects of end stage illness
Nov 25, 2012
A 38-year-old member asked:

How do you receive palliative care? Ask?

2 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. David Rosenfeld
Pain Management 27 years experience
Ask: I would certainly hope that if one was at an end of life state that it would be offered or suggested, if not...Ask.
A 45-year-old member asked:

What kinds of palliative care are there?

2 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. George T Tsai
General Surgery 27 years experience
Many: Palliative care is designed to preserve and or improve the quality of life. It is done in the setting in which a cure is not possible or realistic. The goal of palliative care is to minimize the discomfort suffered by a patient - usually focusing on the most severe symptom(s) at the time.
A 45-year-old member asked:

How do you get palliative care?

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Dr. William Newton
Pain Management 19 years experience
By referral: There are likely local physicians in your area the specialize in palliative care. Check with your pcp or oncologist if your are dealing with cancer.

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