In Survivors

STEFANIE GLINIANY

In this month’s Teal Talk, MOCA’s Community Support Program Manager Stefanie Gliniany shares information about palliative care, a topic many of you have been asking about.

What is palliative care? I receive many questions about this topic, so I wanted to shed some light on this approach and how it may help. Palliative care is sometimes called “supportive care.” It’s about making sure all of your care needs are addressed by a specialized medical team with doctors, nurses and other specialists who work together to provide an extra layer of support.

Palliative care addresses the person as a whole—not only his or her disease. Palliative care can help manage mental, physical, emotional and social issues that may come up after a cancer diagnosis. Some benefits include relief from pain and symptoms, better understanding of treatment options and support for caregivers. The goal of palliative care is to improve quality of life for the patient and family.

Palliative care is provided at the same time as cancer treatment and is appropriate for any age or stage. If you’re interested in learning more about this approach, here are a couple of helpful resources: GetPalliativeCare.org and Palliative Care Resources from ASC CAN (American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network).