Disease Types

Lung Cancer and Palliative Care

September, 2012

Palliative care is specialized medical care for people with serious illnesses. It focuses on providing relief from symptoms, pain and stress. The goal is to improve quality of life for both you and your family. It is appropriate at any age and at any stage in your illness and can be provided along with treatment meant to cure. (more…)

HIV/AIDS & Palliative Care

September, 2012

HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) is a virus that is carried from person to person through body fluids such as blood, breast milk, semen or vaginal secretions. As the virus reproduces, it damages the immune system, which leads to illness and infection. (more…)

Dementia & Palliative Care

September, 2012

Dementia is a deterioration of the brain. Although the disease progresses slowly, it finally causes the brain to stop working. Families caring for a loved one with dementia need a lot of support and assistance, and getting palliative care early is important. (more…)

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and Palliative Care

September, 2012

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a condition in which the airways in the lungs become damaged, making it difficult for air to flow in and out. Symptoms of the disease include shortness of breath, low oxygen in the blood, cough, pain, weight loss and risk of lung infections. Patients may also suffer from emotional effects such as depression, anxiety, insomnia and social isolation. (more…)

Congestive Heart Failure & Palliative Care

September, 2012

Congestive heart failure (CHF) is a chronic condition in which the heart is unable to pump your blood properly. It can cause breathing problems and other symptoms, such as weakness and swollen feet and ankles. (more…)

Cancer & Palliative Care

September, 2012

Palliative care specialists work in close partnership with your oncologist (cancer specialist). Any person, of any age, with any type or stage of cancer can benefit from palliative care—and the earlier, the better. (more…)

Breast Cancer and Palliative Care

September, 2012

Being diagnosed with breast cancer is scary. Suddenly the world is turned upside down, and life becomes full of doctor visits, surgery, chemotherapy and radiation. You are faced with the need to make health care decisions, plan for your future and your family’s. You also may be suffering from pain or other symptoms such as nausea, fatigue and anxiety. Everything feels overwhelming. (more…)

Alzheimer’s Disease and Palliative Care

September, 2012

Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is a type of dementia. Dementia means that a person has difficulty with memory, judgment and reasoning. This might mean not recognizing your surroundings or people familiar to you, or not being able to find the right words or do certain tasks. The biggest risk factor for AD is age, but people under sixty can also develop the disease. (more…)

ALS & Palliative Care

September, 2012

ALS— amyotrophic lateral sclerosis—is a disease that causes nerve cells in parts of the brain and spinal cord to die, resulting in a progressive loss of muscle function.  Palliative care teams work in partnership with you, your neurologist and other physicians to oversee the coordination of your care. These teams are expert in managing the pain, symptoms and stress of your illness. They are also well-versed in navigating the complex health care system. (more…)