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how does someone receive palliative care?

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Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Radiation Oncology 47 years experience
It helps to have: Enlightened physicians, caring nurses, and families that do not like to see their loved one suffer. It is a willingness to listen to benefits and liabilities of what more treatment offers versus what focus on symptom relief provides.
Dr. Suzana Makowski
Palliative Care 23 years experience
Ask for a referral: You may ask your doctor for a referral to a palliative care specialist, or look up here: http://www.Association-office.Com/aahpm-p/etools/certdir/search.Cfm to find a list of doctors. If you wish help from the nursing side, or home health, you may ask a local home health organization if they offer palliative care. For more information: http://www.Palliativedoctors.Org/.

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What is palliative care?

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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?

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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
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A 31-year-old member asked:

What's the difference between a curative and a palliative treatment course?

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Dr. Foster Carr
General Practice 33 years experience
Disease vs Symptom: The curative course treats the underlying disease with the goal of a cure. The palliative treatment course treats the underlying symtpom with the goal of symptom relief.
A 38-year-old member asked:

How do you receive palliative care? Ask?

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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:

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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