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Palliative Care & Mesothelioma

Palliative care is the medical specialty focused on relief of the pain, stress and other debilitating symptoms of serious illness such as mesothelioma. The goal is to relieve suffering and provide the best possible quality of life for patients and their families.

Palliative care relieves symptoms such as pain, shortness of breath, fatigue, constipation, nausea, loss of appetite and difficulty sleeping. It helps patients gain the strength to carry on with daily life, it improves their ability to tolerate medical treatments and helps them better understand their choices for care. Overall, palliative care offers patients and their families the best possible quality of life during their illness. In fact, the American Medical Association (AMA) released a study confirming that palliative care makes an enormous difference in cancer patients' quality of life.

There are a number of hospitals that specialize in palliative care. Each hospital has a team of experts, including palliative care doctors, nurses and social workers. Chaplains, massage therapists, pharmacists, nutritionists and others might also be part of the team.

In conclusion, do not see palliative care and mesothelioma treatment as an either/or choice. The patients in the AMA study continued to receive radiation and chemotherapy, as appropriate, to shrink or control their cancer. They got palliative care in addition to these services, and as a result had much better quality of life during their time remaining. Wouldn't you want the same for your loved one?

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