Coping with Serious Illness
At any age, serious illness and the side effects of treatment can cause a wide range of life changing physical as well as psychological symptoms. Palliative care is the medical specialty that focuses on preventing or easing pain, stress and suffering during an illness to offer patients and their families the best possible quality of life. It is beneficial at any stage of an illness, because it complements those treatments that are meant to cure the patient.
Palliative care encompasses the whole self, caring for the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of patients and their families. Treatment is customized to meet individual patient needs. It is provided by an expert team that may include doctors, nurses, social workers, therapists, pharmacists and nutritionists.
Palliative care is NOT the same as hospice care. Palliative care is appropriate at any time during an illness, even from the moment of diagnosis. Whether the prognosis is a full recovery, a chronic condition or disease progression, palliative care provides important support during treatment.
For more information about palliative care at University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center, contact us at:
11100 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, Ohio 44106