“What is palliative care? A patient’s journey through the system” – The Conversation

This is the first article in our series on demystifying palliative care, where experts explain the process of end-of-life care in Australia.” [NOTE: While the article is about end-of-life care in Australia, it is relevant here, too.]


“A diagnosis of a serious illness has a multitude of consequences. There may be significant symptoms related to the disease such as pain, breathing difficulties, nausea, fatigue and weakness.

“Such illnesses often limit a person’s ability to do the shopping and chores, attend the many medical appointments required, and can potentially lead to social isolation.

“What is palliative care?

“Rebecca lived with her husband, Rob, and six-year-old son, Jack. She was 34 when she met the palliative care doctor, after being diagnosed with a particularly aggressive lung cancer. She had undergone extensive surgery and was due to have radiotherapy and chemotherapy. She was struggling with some ongoing pain after her operation.

“Her cancer doctor suggested she see the palliative care team to help manage her pain so she could cope better with the next steps of her cancer treatment.”

Read this article at The Conversation in its entirety, click here.


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