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Fremont, CA
A 36-year-old male asked:

Please share an interesting fact about palliative care.

57 doctor answers75 doctors weighed in
Dr. Ihab Ibrahim
Pain Management 30 years experience
Pain: Myth: pain management procedures are not necessary because they waste health care dollars.
Dr. Ihab Ibrahim
Pain Management 30 years experience
Palliative: Palliative care should include pain management procedures to relieve pain.
Dr. David Hettinger
Podiatry 37 years experience
Palliative: Palliative care means treatment without cure. It is just meant to make you feel better.
Dr. Myra Skluth
Internal Medicine 36 years experience
Palliative: Palliative care is not only for cancer patients. It i also good for patients with CHF and copd.
Dr. Maureen Mays
Specializes in Clinical Lipidology
People: People think the goal is to die. The goal is really to live all the days you have left happily.
Dr. David Rosenfeld
Pain Management 28 years experience
Mistrust: Mistrust (and fear) that costly treatment will be withheld, may lead patients to pursue aggressive care.
Dr. David Rosenfeld
Pain Management 28 years experience
Palliative: Palliative care is not 'giving up' on the patient.
Dr. William A Biermann
Medical Oncology 47 years experience
This: This is not always hospice care. The goal is to help with goals of treatment and maximize comfort.
Dr. William A Biermann
Medical Oncology 47 years experience
Palliative: Palliative care is about symptoms and not always hospice.
Dr. Darrell Herrington
Family Medicine 35 years experience
Utilize: Utilize a hospice care system for best palliative care. The team approach is the most effective.
Dr. Darrell Herrington
Family Medicine 35 years experience
Patients: Patients on hospice can still see specialists and all their usual doctors.
Dr. Darrell Herrington
Family Medicine 35 years experience
"Do: "do not resuscitate" does not mean do not treat. Reasonable efforts to maintain function are met.
Dr. Adam Tripp
Psychiatry 16 years experience
Palliative: Palliative care is not giving up or comfort care, but a focus more on quality of life than time.
Dr. Rupesh Parikh
Medical Oncology 27 years experience
Care: Care involves a team to include doctor / nurse / social worker / chaplin / staff to take care of pt.
Dr. Benjamin Vela
Dentistry 16 years experience
Temporary: Temporary care generally requires follow-up and more involved and definitive care.
Dr. Christopher Wright
A Verified Doctoranswered
13 years experience
Palliative: Palliative care can still include cancer treatment if it is intended to reduce pain or symptoms.
Dr. Richard Williams
Pharmacy 19 years experience
Even: Even though a person seems to be unconscious, they may be in pain and should be treated.
Dr. Lynne Weixel
Clinical Psychology 37 years experience
Just: Just like hospice... Not! palliative care can include treatment to cure disease & prolong life.
Dr. Lynne Weixel
Clinical Psychology 37 years experience
Many: Many patients in palliative care do recover and live several more years and may receive it again.
Dr. Scott Bobbitt
Dentistry 33 years experience
RICE:: Rice: rest, ice, compression and elevation to help control pain in a recent injury.
Dr. Daniel Kessler
Family Medicine 16 years experience
Offer early: It is often not discussed early enough to let patient and family know about what resources exist.
Dr. Pierrette Mimi Poinsett
Pediatrics 39 years experience
The: Myth: palliative care means giving up. Fact: quality of life can be improved with palliative care.
Dr. Muhammad Emran
Family Medicine 17 years experience
Medicare: Medicare will approve inpatient or outpatient hospice care if the patient has a terminal illness.
Dr. Muhammad Emran
Family Medicine 17 years experience
Palliative: Palliative care does not mean that the doctors have "given up". It means comfort measures.
Dr. Steven Koos
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 22 years experience
Palliative: Palliative care does not mean "cure", and does not always take away all of your symptoms.
Dr. Kris Gast
Radiation Oncology 32 years experience
PC: Palliative care is for any patient with a chronic problem who can benefit from a team approach.
Dr. Daniel Kessler
Family Medicine 16 years experience
Myth:: It's a myth that: you should wait before you discuss your wishes. No, start now. Discuss five wishes.
Dr. Holly Maes
Pediatrics 37 years experience
Spouses: Spouses should talk about this on their honeymoon - don't wait until too late to decide end of life.
Dr. L. Stoney
Pain Management 39 years experience
Myth:: It's a myth that: palliative care does not alleviate suffering.
Dr. John Michalski
Orthopedic Surgery 37 years experience
Respect: Respect for the patient is the primary goal.
Dr. R. Jan Gurley
34 years experience
There: There are palliative care quality practice indicators, and guidelines, just like in other fields.
Dr. Pavel Conovalciuc
Family Medicine 24 years experience
Many: Palliative care is not hospice. Hospice is to help die peacefully. Pc to improve life quality.
Dr. Harold Peltan
Ophthalmology 29 years experience
Palliative: Palliative care is the medical specialty focused on relieving the pain of serious illness.
Dr. Ipe Kalathoor
Internal Medicine 18 years experience
Palliative: Palliative care is proven to increase patient satisfaction.
Dr. Donald Jacobson
A Verified Doctoranswered
41 years experience
Palliative: Palliative comes from the latin word "palliare" meaning " to cloak". When undergoing palliative care, see yourself as being cloaked by your loving caregivers.
Dr. Steven Ferguson
General Practice 36 years experience
Anything: Anything goes, what ever makes the patient happy, no rules. Obviously within reason.
Dr. Neal Kraus
Hospital-based practice 12 years experience
Remember,: Remember, palliative is for symptom management. It is not necessary related to end of life care.
Dr. Neal Kraus
Hospital-based practice 12 years experience
Palliative: Palliative is for chronic symptom management. Hospice is expected death/mortality in <= 6 months.
Dr. Lokesh Guglani
Pediatric Pulmonology 22 years experience
Palliative: Palliative care does not occur at end of life alone. It should be considered at diagnosis for some.
Dr. Vivek Huilgol
Gastroenterology 36 years experience
It: It beats dying in pain. No one gets a gold medal for enduring pain when dying.
Dr. Erica Bial
Specializes in Pain Management
Palliative: Palliative care isn't withdrawing care & is not to facilitate death; just a change in goals.
Dr. Mitchell Vogel
Ophthalmology 31 years experience
Palliative: Palliative care is not just for the terminally ill patient!
Dr. Michael Roberts
Family Medicine 12 years experience
Ignore: It is not "giving up" and not "killing the patient". It allows for a more peaceful passing for him.
Dr. Douglas Green
A Verified Doctoranswered
25 years experience
Ignore: It is not aimed a treating the disease or process. It is aimed at symptom control.
Dr. Devon Webster
Medical Oncology 23 years experience
Ignore: Palliative care does not mean giving up. It's active treatment focused on making you feel good!
Dr. Devon Webster
Medical Oncology 23 years experience
Ignore: Palliative care treats the family and friends in addition to the "patient".
Dr. Marsha Davis
Internal Medicine 29 years experience
Ignore: Palliative care is often misused. Se sure hospice care is not a better alternative at end of life.
Dr. Robert Kent
Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine 13 years experience
Ignore: Pain is one of the top quality of life issues for cancer patients; be open with your oncologist.
Dr. Tonya Kozminski
Family Medicine 20 years experience
Ignore: Being in palliative care does not mean no care. This fear often deters families from palliative care.
Dr. George Klauber
Specializes in Pediatric Urology
Ignore: Some patients may forgo narcotics if they feel it makes them too constipated.
Dr. Jeffrey Mandel
Palliative Care 50 years experience
Ignore: Most symptoms can be managed by palliative care doctors.
Dr. Aruna Mani
Internal Medicine - Oncology 20 years experience
Ignore: Palliative Care does not = hospice. It is an area of medicine focused on symptom control.
Dr. Paul Grin
Pain Management 37 years experience
Ignore: COX-2 inhibitors are preferred for pain management to reduce the incidence of GI problems.
Dr. Carisa Hines
Palliative Care 22 years experience
Ignore: The goal of therapy is to improve quality of life for both the patient and the family.
Dr. Costantine Albany
Medical Oncology 20 years experience
Ignore: Palliative Chemotherapy Worsens Quality of Life at End of Life.
Dr. Silviu Pasniciuc
Internal Medicine 28 years experience
Ignore: Specialized symptom oriented care in life limiting medical conditions, not otherwise treatable.
Dr. Ariel Lopez-chavez
Medical Oncology 20 years experience
Ignore: Palliative care has been shown to improve people's quality of life and survival in cancer.

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