May 19, 2021
On this episode, Dr. Jennifer Young Pierce talks with Blair Pringle, CRNP, a supportive care nurse practitioner at the USA Health Mitchell Cancer Institute, and she shares her insights on palliative care and how it is often misunderstood. With a focus on the comfort level of patients and their quality of life, supportive care is more than end-of-life care. It asks, "How can you live with cancer?"
Supportive and palliative care teams are essential for helping to relieve the symptoms and stress of cancer and cancer treatment.
Living with cancer and cancer treatment is challenging. Supportive and palliative care teams focus on improving the quality of life for the patient, family and caregiver.
Supportive care is much more than just hospice care. It also focuses on providing the right medical resources and meeting the needs of cancer patients and their caregivers.
If you are uncomfortable, in pain or need help, speak up and ask your supportive and palliative team for help with any issue. These providers are there to assist you in your care and help improve your quality of life.
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