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The Pain Relieved With the Help of Palliative Workers

Ellen Ryan’s cancer has not just pulled her down but along with her, her families too have to face the load of the illness. The cancer of the bone, brain //and breast has taken its toll on Ellen who is finding it difficult to bear the physical and mental pain of the illness. Her family could seem to do nothing to ease the pain. It was then the family got help from unexpected quarters- the palliative care team at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center.

A doctor at the center specialized in this field arranged a meeting with the patient and family. With the help of the palliative workers Ellen could cope with the turmoil in her life.

Palliative care specializes in the relief of the pain, symptoms and stress of the person seriously ill. It is also to check and relieve suffering and provide a better quality of life to the patients and their family. This palliative care goes on simultaneously with treatment to cure the illness.

The care for each patient is different as Palliative care is not a one-size-fits-all approach. Each patient has a different response to the treatment given to him, so it has to be customized to the individual needs of the patient.

It helps the patient overcome the symptoms, pain, loss of appetite, fatigue, constipation, sleeping difficulty etc. Helps the patient gain strength to carry on his daily life. The care is beneficial to the family of the patient too. Gives them ample support and help them take medical decisions and choose treatments.

This little-known field of palliative medicine is growing quite rapidly. It began on the periphery of medicine in small community hospitals but now has gained much respect from doctors and patients alike. Eduardo Bruera, chairman of palliative care and rehabilitation medicine at Houston's M.D. Anderson Cancer Center opines on the matter.

Almost 30% of the hospitals now offer this care, showing almost a double growth since 2000. This growing po
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