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Palliative care: Treatment for the patient as a whole person

June 01, 2017
Palliative care is specialized medical care for people living with a serious illness such as cancer. It is a specialty that focuses on quality of life for patients and their families through the relief of physical, psychological, social/practical and spiritual/existential suffering.

Be a wise health consumer: How to avoid fraud and scams

March 22, 2017
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Fraudulent and unproven health products and services are a common problem, and billions of dollars are spent every year to promote them. What can you do to avoid scams? Here are some common red flags to watch for.

What is the Palliative Care and Symptom Management Clinic?

April 21, 2016
Palliative care is a service that helps people define their goals for their care with a focus on improving their quality of life during or following a serious illness. This service provides support as long as people need it, focusing on each person’s unique experience in order to provide relief from the symptoms and stress of living with serious illness. The multidisciplinary team helps patients and their families navigate the health care system and their options in order
to reduce suffering and maximize quality of life.

Palliative care is misunderstood and underutilized

September 26, 2014

If I were to ask 50 people what palliative care means, I would likely get 50 different answers and most would say the term is interchangeable with hospice care. Because of this misconception in both the medical community and the general public, there is a hesitation to seek palliative care expertise earlier in a patient’s journey because of the false perception this service is only for those reaching end of life care.

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