Palliative care is an area of healthcare focusing on the relief of suffering caused by serious illness, no matter what stage of the disease. Whether patients have curable conditions, chronic illnesses or are nearing the end of life, palliative care offers relief from the symptoms of disease, such as pain and fatigue, and from the side effects of treatment, such as nausea and loss of appetite caused by chemotherapy. The goal of palliative care is to increase both the patient’s and their family’s quality of life.
What Can I Expect From Palliative Care?
While palliative care can involve medications to manage pain, symptoms and side effects, the treatment is much broader than that. Our doctors formulate a plan of care to address your physical, emotional, and spiritual concerns. Palliative care also extends beyond the patient; we provide education and support to family members and caregivers, from managing medications and treatments to coping with stress. Dr. Meena Kumar will provide you with the guidance and tools to help you through this challenging time.
If you or someone you know could benefit from palliative care, call Visions HealthCare at 781-431-1333.