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Palliative Care

The mistaken impression of palliative care is that it's something that you do as an end-of-life issue.

The reality of palliative care is that it is the on-going communication between doctor and patient to insure the comfort and desired quality of life of the patient. It goes from being certain that care is taken to prevent infection from a biopsy to understanding simple side effects of diagnostic tests to the major conditions resulting from surgery, radiation, hormonal and/or chemotherapeutic treatments.

It is the assurance that proper pain medication will be available to you and administered effectively to permit you to live your life without pain.

Above all palliation means that you must not accept pain, discomfort, disabling side-effects or diminished quality-of-life; you MUST communicate with your doctors at every step of the process to understand what is to be done to you, what the possible side-effects are and how you can deal with them.

We have enclosed here an interview with Dr. Richard Payne, a foremost practitioner in palliative care, who relates his own experience with prostate cancer and gives us guidance on what we should require of our doctors.

 

 

 

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