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Cancer and Palliative Care’s Place in Treatment

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Cancer and Palliative Care’s Place in Treatment

First, let’s talk about how palliative care and hospice care differ. While they are both based on basically the same principles of providing comfort and care, hospice focuses on end-of-life care, while the palliative care in the Hollister CA area and elsewhere which tends to begin at diagnosis and may focus on care issues such as pain management, lymphedema, emotional and other cancer related concerns. Research has shown that patients that receive care from the very beginning can reap good benefits in the way of health and over all well-being. When symptoms are curbed and people are better able to express their physical and emotional needs, they have a much better understanding of their medical care.

What Sort of Things does Palliative Care Address?

  • The Physical Symptoms: pain, tiredness, nausea, loss of appetite, insomnia, breathing problems, and many other. They can be treated with medication and in other manners such as yoga, meditation, or physical therapy. Surgery, chemo and radiation are all methods that are used in the treatment of cancer.
  • Emotional Coping Skills: there are resources available to help both you and your family cope with all of the emotions that come with a cancer diagnosis. Everybody deals with it in their own way and there is not one simple method to fix how you and the rest of your family and friends are feeling.
  • Practicalities: While you are dealing with the shock and fear that come when you hear those words, you also have all these worries flooding through your mind. Money and legal concerns, questions about your will, how does this affect your job status, and should you start filling out all those papers you never wanted to think about, like that advanced directive.

VNA’s compassionate and caring staff can either assist you will these things or find the answers you need. They are always willing to go the extra mile for you.

Seniors are at an increased risk of falls and other serious injuries. Central Coast VNA & Hospice senior home care services in Hollister, CA, can provide the assistance your loved ones need to get through their daily tasks with no issues.

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