Specialized Palliative Care
Recent studies, including one published in the New England Journal of Medicine, have shown that patients with a serious illness who received palliative care lived longer than those who did not received this care.
Palliative care is defined by the World Health Organization(WHO) as an approach that improves the quality of life of patients and their families facing the problem associated with life-threatening illness, through the prevention and relief of suffering by means of early identification and impeccable assessment and treatment of pain and other problems, physical, psychosocial and spiritual. Palliative care will enhance quality of life, and may also positively influence the course of illness;[...] is applicable early in the course of illness, in conjunction with other therapies that intended to prolong life.
Connecting Hope with Opportunity
The goal of palliative care is to relieve suffering and provide the best possible quality of life for patients and their families. Symptoms many include pain, depression, shortness of breath, fatigue, constipation, nausea, loss of appetite, difficulty sleeping, and anxiety. Palliative care teams focus on quality life. They treat people suffering from the symptoms and stress of serious illness such as cancer, congestive heart failure (CHF), chronic obstructive pulmonary disease(COPD), kidney disease, Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis(ALS), and a variety of other diseases.