ws33 I’m sorry you find yourself feeling like there is no hope. It’s hard to see a family member deal with cancer especially when we know it will take them from us at some point. The best we can hope for is that their journey is as easy and pain free as possible. Hearing that an illness isn’t curable, and that treatment is designed to prolong life and relieve symptoms only is tough to deal with. A palliative clinic appointment must feel like you are being passed along, but I would hope that your fathers doctors have been talking to you about his condition...
Palliative care teams provide integrated support for patients and families coping with a life threatening illness. This includes the physical things like pain and symptom management, access to aids and services for the practical daily life issues, but also emotional supports for everyone as they deal with your father’s illness, and as you all prepare for his death.
My mom had her first palliative appointment two years ago this December and she’s still here. It is brought into the picture right away so the patient can access any of their services. Those can include pain meds, counselling, treatment options, scan results, nutrition, etc.
It doesn’t necessarily mean the end. It definitely means more support.
I'm glad you posted this question. Cancer can often feel like learning a new language. Just to reiterate what Essjay said.
Palliative care is a type of health care for patients and families facing life-limiting illness. Palliative care helps patients to achieve the best possible quality of life right up until the end of life. Palliative care is sometimes considered end-of-life care, with a main focus on comfort. However, it is increasingly recognized that a palliative approach, as part of health care is beneficial early on in serious and chronic illness.
In Canada and around the world, quality palliative care:
focuses on the concerns of patients and their families;
pays close attention to physical symptoms such as pain, nausea, loss of appetite and confusion;
considers the emotional and spiritual concerns of patients and families;
ensures that care is respectful and supportive of patient dignity;
respects the social and cultural needs of patients and families;
uses a team approach that may include volunteers, social workers and spiritual leaders in addition to medical staff.
Thank you, JenG, for sharing. Much Appreciated. My best wishes to your mom.
Thank you, Lacey, for clarify.
I just hope there is always hope. My father has been holding a positive attitude toward his illness. I hope there is nothing will lead him to believe there is no hope. His health is recently deteriorating, so I hope helps will bring positivity.