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Palliative Care Issues

Palliative care can address a broad range of issues. The physical and emotional effects of illness can vary and considerations such as age, cultural background and personal support systems affect the kind of care that is needed.

Comprehensive palliative care considers:

Physical needs: common physical symptoms include pain, fatigue, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, shortness of breath, and insomnia. Many of these can be relieved with medicines, nutrition therapy, physical therapy, or deep breathing techniques. Chemotherapy, radiation therapy, or surgery may be used to shrink tumors that are causing pain and other problems.

Emotional and coping needs: we help clients and families deal with the emotions that come with a serious diagnosis and treatment. Depression, anxiety, and fear are only a few of the concerns that can be addressed through palliative care. CBI’s team provide counseling, recommend support groups, or make help access mental health professionals.

Practical concerns: palliative clients may have financial and legal worries, insurance questions, employment concerns, and need help completing advance directives. For many clients and families, the technical language and specific details of laws and forms are hard to understand. To ease the burden, our team may assist in coordinating the appropriate services. The team may direct patients and families to resources that can help with financial counseling, understanding medical forms or legal advice, or identifying local and national resources, such as transportation or housing agencies.

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