The diagnosis of cancer or other serious diseases causes a great
impact to patients and their families. As the disease progresses and
the healing possibilities are exhausted, invalidating symptoms may
appear as well as innumerable problems that deserve attention and
care, as they affect the quality of life of the patient. It is part of the
treatment to accompany our patients and their families through
the whole disease from the medical knowledge, empathizing with
the patient, in order to offer the necessary resources to go through
the process. It is necessary to have a qualified team to cover all the
affected areas in it.
Palliative care is part of a comprehensive treatment for the
care of discomfort, physical, mental and emotional symptoms, of
all serious and chronic diseases, and of what is important in the
life of the patient and his family. They do not replace the primary
treatment, but contribute to it. Its goal is to prevent, alleviate
suffering, improve their quality of life, and listen to the particular
needs of the patient and their environment. The objective of
palliative care is to treat the pressing symptoms such as pain,
breathing difficulties or nausea and anguish, among others. To
provide full and active assistance by an interdisciplinary team, to
patients and their environment, when there is no chance of cure.
Palliative care provides support to the patient and his family
and can improve communication between him and his doctors
/ social work, allowing him to include his particular needs in the
process to travel.
Specialized treatment to relieve pain and other symptoms as
much as possible.
An open dialogue about therapeutic options, which include the
treatment of your disease and the control of symptoms. Emotional
support for the patient and his family. New research shows that
patients who receive this type of care say they have an improvement
a) Pain and other pressing symptoms, such as nausea,
breathing problems, stress, etc.
b) Communication with your doctors / health system and
a) They ensure that attention is focused more on the patient’s
b) They meet the emotional and spiritual needs of patients.
c) When should it start?
d) Many people who live with diseases such as cancer, heart
disease, COPD, kidney failure, or AIDS, among others, suffer
physical symptoms and emotional discomfort related to their
illnesses. Sometimes, these symptoms have to do with the
medical treatments they receive.
a) Suffer pain or other symptoms because of any serious
b) Feel physical or emotional pain that is NOT controlled.
c) He needs help to understand his situation and coordinate
d) It is never too early to start receiving palliative care, the
patient should receive them as soon as they are needed. In fact, palliative care is given at the same time as the r rest of the
treatments for their disease and do not depend on the progress
of it. There is no reason to wait, when they can be contacted
early, the symptoms get better control and the process proceeds
with greater comfort.
Serious illnesses and their treatments can cause great fatigue,
anxiety and depression. The palliative care teams know that pain
and other symptoms affect the quality of life and can take away
from the patient the energy or motivation to continue doing the
things that they like. In addition, they know that the stress they
are suffering can profoundly affect their family. Our professionals
can help you cope with this difficult experience by participating
in finding the best way to care for and accompany you. Not all
oncology services offer palliative treatments; Generally, because
of a cost issue in Health that the Institutions intend to ignore.
However, improve the quality of life of the terminal patient and his
family. It is part of complementing a treatment, perhaps in a way
that we do not like.