What is Palliative Care?
It is always a shock to be diagnosed with cancer. Often the disease and its treatment cause pain and distressing symptoms. Some cancers progress to a point beyond treatment. The patient and the family feel helpless, depressed, defeated and angry. In the worst case, they quietly wait for death to end the suffering. However, there is some solace in the form of palliative care. This is where one supports the patient with love and care. It refers to the care of patients who need support during regular medical treatment and also those whose condition has worsened beyond the possibility of cure.
According to the WHO, at least a million terminal cases of cancer are diagnosed inIndiaevery year. Until recently, cancer patients could do little but suffer pain and discomfort during cancer treatment.
Palliative care is also an essential component of a comprehensive package of care for people living with HIV/AIDS because of the variety of symptoms they can experience – such as pain, diarrhoea, cough, shortness of breath, nausea, weakness, fatigue, fever, and confusion. Palliative care...