Palliative care is a substantially supportive element in a cancer patient’s journey, ensuring attention to quality of life, every step of the way.
Palliative care forms a regular part of every advanced cancer patient’s journey, and will help you to not only better cope with and manage all of your symptoms but will enable you to live as actively as possible too.
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.