As a palliative care nurse, Amy Velasquez knows what it means to take care of patients and their families dealing with real pain and suffering. Here, Amy unravels her experience caring for her mom, who tested positive for COVID-19 in October 2020.
An intimate discussion about what palliative care is, what is isn’t, and why it’s valuable to breast cancer patients.
Breast CancerPalliative Care
For patients with metastatic breast cancer, “Involving palliative care as an active member of your oncology team early on is one of the smartest things you can do,” says national expert and breast cancer survivor Lillie Shockney.
When some people envision palliative care, they see someone dying or having a dreadful chronic disease who is slowly dying. In actuality, we all die from something. In the past 4 years, I have learned what palliative care means to me.
We all hope for a cure and for the best possible outcome. However, there may be a time when cure is no longer possible, and the goal then shifts to treating symptoms and controlling the cancer.
From Your NavigatorPalliative CareSurvivorship
Early identification of the unwanted symptoms of cancer and of treatment helps to improve the quality of life of patients and increase their trust in the healthcare system.
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