Palliative care is a specialized stream of medicine which cares for patients with advanced cancer and other serious illnesses. It focuses on providing patients with relief from the symptoms, pain and stress of a serious illnesses whatever the diagnosis. The goal is to improve quality of life for both the patient and the family. Palliative care is provided by a team of doctors, nurses and other specialists who work together with a patients oncologists to provide an extra layer of support.
Palliative care focuses on symptoms such as pain, shortness of breath, fatigue, constipation, nausea, loss of appetite, difficulty sleeping and depression. It also helps you gain the strength to carry on with daily life. It improves your ability to tolerate medical treatments. And it helps patients have more control over his or her care by improving your understanding of various choices for treatment available.
Once the pain becomes chronic, it merits special treatment and is likely to be under treated and mis-managed. Pain clinic is a super specialty clinic which often employs a multidisciplinary approach lead by an interventional pain physician. The focus is to treat the patient as a whole, addressing each problem that contributes to the patient’s pain and inability to live their life to the fullest. A proper assessment is done in the hands of a qualified Pain physician to arrive at specific diagnosis and formulate an individualised treatment plan.
In some cases, supplemental diagnostic tests may be necessary to further pinpoint the cause of your pain.Depending on the cause of your pain, treatments may include drugs, injections, nerve and plexus blocks, (stitch less procedures under local anesthesia) and radio frequency procedures.
Types of pain treatment including cancer pain