At Medella Cancer Cure Centre we strive to provide palliative care as part of a holistic cancer programme, and offer a strong support system to cater to the psychosocial needs of our patients and their families.
Our palliative care physicians work in tandem with with medical and radiation oncologist to achieve optimal pain control and symptom relief to preserve the quality of life for our patients. Palliative care is an integral part of every cancer control program though not every patient who is discharged needs it. It is especially for patients who require targeted services such as cancer pain relief, discharge and home care planning. Advance care planning and end-of-life care planning are also delivered by our palliative care team.
We administer palliative care on the following fronts:
one out of every four patients with advanced cancer suffers from severe cancer pain which may be difficult to control. Pain-relieving medications have their own side effects. Our palliative care specialists help the patient to balance the pain relief with the side effects of the pain-relieving medicines. Opiates are made available to patients who need them and they are also taught to use them.
Our palliative care team makes home visits for patients with advanced cancers who may be too weak to come to the clinic. They also require more care than usual patients. Our palliative care team determines the nursing and equipment needed for these patients. We also tie up with support groups and equipment leasing organizations to help such patients purchase or take equipment on lease/rent.
This is a new concept that is gaining ground very fast. Patients are encouraged to plan their future treatment with the help of our palliative care specialists. Patients may also choose to appoint a decision-maker for them if they are incapacitated.
Advanced cancer may be very distressing to the patient and family. There may be multiple symptoms which require urgent attention. Our palliative care team visits these patients at home and provides supportive treatment. This keeps the costs low and the patient is treated in an environment and by people familiar to him.