Palliative care is a substantially supportive element in a cancer patient’s journey, ensuring attention to quality of life, every step of the way.
For those patients whose cancer progresses to Stage IV, and who could be facing a poor prognosis, it is important to consider available options. Palliative care cover for members with advanced cancer can make all the difference at this time.
There is a misconception that palliative and supportive care applies only to advanced stages of cancer. In fact, this form of care should form a regular part of every cancer patient’s journey – relevant to every stage of the process. Be encouraged to find out more.
After 16 years of working for Discovery Health in various clinical positions, Ineke Gietzman’s found her calling in palliative patient care as a Care Coordinator on the Advanced Illness Benefit (AIB) Programme.
It's normal for every cancer patient to think about the possibility of death throughout their cancer journey. Yet, being told that your cancer is no longer treatable thrusts you into a brand new reality, which can be extremely difficult to come to terms with.
A diagnosis of terminal or advanced cancer will affect both you and your loved ones. Everyone will react to this differently and it's important not to shut down to ensure that your wishes and needs are well communicated to both your medical team and your family.
Doctors in the field of child palliative care work to surround child cancer-patients and their families with a team of skilled professionals – going well beyond pain alleviation.