"The oncologists are focusing on chemo, the patients are focusing on cure and I think the conversations about comfort aren't happening," Sutton said.
This June 2012 article talks about the increasing need and rate of palliative care programs being instituted in hospitals around the country and the perspective of the care givers, care takers, physicians and hospitals.
In 2000, there were 658 palliative programs in hospitals, according to the Center to Advance Palliative Care, representing about one-quarter of American hospitals. By 2009, about 63 percent of hospitals had palliative teams, with a total of 1,568 programs recorded. The field is expected to continue growing as awareness and acceptance spreads, just in time to help baby boomers — the 78 million Americans born between 1946 and 1964 — as they move toward old age and begin developing more serious and life-threatening illnesses.
Study Finds Palliative Care Prolongs Life in Cancer Patients
Palliative care is also called comfort care, supportive care, and symptom management.
Palliative care is care given to improve the quality of life of patients who have a serious or life-threatening disease, such as cancer.
The goal of palliative care is to prevent or treat, as early as possible, the symptoms and side effects of the disease and its treatment, in addition to the related psychological, social, and spiritual problems.
The goal is not to cure.
Palliative care is provided by hospitals, cancer centers, and long-term care facilities, or at home.
Palliative care is usually provided by a specialist who works with a team of other health care professionals, such as doctors, nurses, registered dieticians, pharmacists, and social workers.
Palliative care is different from hospice care. Palliative care is given from the time of diagnosis and throughout the course of illness.
Palliative care addresses the emotional, physical, practical, and spiritual issues of cancer. Family members may also receive palliative care.
Research shows that palliative care improves the quality of life of patients and family members, as well as the physical and emotional symptoms of cancer and its treatment.
CNBC | SAN DIEGO, Aug 20, 2010 PRNewswire via COMTEX - San Diego's Institute for Palliative Medicine Praises A Precedent-Setting Study as Opportunity to Raise Awareness that Early Palliative Care Prolongs Life for Metastatic Lung Cancer Patients.
Published in the New England Journal of Medicine 8/19/02
This study focuses on lung cancer patients. It is assumed palliative care lengthens life for patients of all types of cancer.
Do they want to raise awareness to physicians, nurses, hospice facilities, patients, family members and care-givers?
If palliative care begins at the cancer diagnosis, I'm wondering why they indicate "early" palliative care. Perhaps patients received this care at all stages of their disease and the study is showing that this care should be given to ALL cancer patients as part of their treatment plan.
This study seems to have involved only patients after the cancer has spread [metastatic] to other organs and thus the previous treatments have failed.
Setting A Precedence: Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, complete the first randomized, controlled study to show that people with life-limiting illnesses can live far longer and far better, with much less pain, anxiety and depression.
We learn that there are specialist in this field of palliative care and that they have known that having this type of care extends life.
I'm interested to know what constitutes palliative care?
It appears the parameters measured include pain reduction, stress reduction and emotional stability. How do they accomplish these outcomes? What are the methods, medicines or programs?
I recently attended a fundraiser to help support the families of brain cancer patients who do not have support. Palliative care probably effects the entire care-giving family as they see their loved one getting special care to reduce the common physical and emotional suffering. This type of care also frees up family members from 24/7 around the clock care-taking responsibilities.
Although palliative care is defined as care given from the beginning of diagnosis, this is not typically the case, and explains why specialists acclaim these study results.
Palliative care can be delivered from the very beginning of the cancer diagnosis, before metastasis has begun.
Palliative care can complement regular treatments.
Palliative care can double the expected longevity once a person is diagnosed with cancer
This study affirms the value of palliative care and confirms for the patients that what they experience and report is true to their oncologists and other health care providers.
Physicians have been reluctant to recommend palliative care to patients and as early part of treatment plan.
Patients have hesitated to accept palliative care due to thinking it meant they were dying and all hope of cure had ended.
Continued research and private funding are needed to continue to learn more about the benefits of palliative care and to discover what kind of care assists the living to live fully when nearing the end of life.
Homeopathy and Palliative Cancer Care
The National Health Service of UK provides this service. There are five UK homeopathic hospitals: in London, Tunbridge Wells, Glasgow, Liverpool and Bristol, where Dr Liz Thompson works. She is one of just 10 consultant homeopathic physicians working within the NHS and is also an honorary senior lecturer in palliative care, and adviser to the Bristol Cancer Care Centre. She too sees homeopathy as an important complementary support to conventional treatment: "When somebody is diagnosed with a life-threatening disease there can be an emphasis on treatments like radiotherapy and surgery, but there is not always an emphasis on strengthening that person´s health. The two things need to go alongside in order to assist the journey to recovery." Liz came across homeopathy whilst still training: "I was interested in its very patient-orientated approach - you listen very carefully with the idea that the person is bringing their own body´s wisdom into this situation of suffering."
Homeopathic Remedies for Shock [aconite, arsenicum, etc.] may be used at the time of the initial diagnosis
Homeopathic Remedies for surgery include arnica and belladonna. There are many more.
Homeopathic Remedies for radiation therapy include X-ray, belladonna and radium bromide and cadmium sulph
Homeopathic Remedies for chemotherapy side-effects include arsenicum, veratrum album, rhus-tox, cadmium sulph and many more.
Homeopathic Remedies to deal with grief include ignatia and natrum muriaticumm
Similia.com has an excellent page about the emotional and physical care of cancer patients needing palliative care
Two of eight studies provide preliminary data suggesting benefit associated with using particular homeopathic medicines. However, the remaining six studies provided no convincing evidence of benefit over placebo.
One study involving 32 participants showed benefit from using Traumeel (a combination of 14 homeopathic medicines) as a mouthwash to ease the discomfort of stomatitis, an inflammation of the mucous membranes of the mouth that chemotherapy might cause.
Another study involving 254 participants showed benefit from using calendula ointment to prevent and treat dermatitis caused by radiotherapy treatments for breast cancer.
I'm looking forward to everyone's comments and contributions to palliative care.
Maurice Fortier-Bernoville / Arthur Hill Grimmer Features indications for cancer specifics, including nosodes, drainage and isopathic remedies plus material from Grimmer's writings on the disease. The publisher:
This book on the homeopathic treatment of cancer was first published in 1965 and was one of the first to deal specifically with the role of homeopathy in the treatment of cancer. It is divided into two parts: the first by Dr. Fortier Bernoville which covers topics such as - constitutional remedies (schematic), isopathic and nosode remedies, anthroposophy and a clearly written conclusion. The second part is by Dr. Grimmer who gives his own experience of treating cancer patients with reference to miasms, potency and dose and specific types of cancer with indicated remedies.
According to allopathy if a cancer patient survives for 5 years he has survived and if he survives for 10 years he is cured.
Many are living over 40 years with the treatment but they continue the treatment. But each and every patient is not successful as 1 ) we don't know why they stopped the treatment can it be the medicine did not work, or patients live to far or the money problem. But those coming back are closely monitored and results are good. But those not coming has to also be closely monitored to why they discontinued the treatment.
The main draw back is that the patients turn to Homeopathy when the cancer is to complicated already been spread to many organs and lost all hope in all treatments and finally come to us.
Those that come to homeopathy at the start do very well but those after all the diffrent treatments takes time for recovery as the patients also wants a fast method overnight result which we cannot give.
The location of cancer is not now to common organs like before , but many come up with cancer penis, or cancer adrenal etc. as with the new methods of scans like pet now we can pin point the exact primary and secondary.
Lung is getting very common very day or every alt day a new lung cancer case. Currently closely monitoring 100 of these cases.
But still not only in cancer but in all diseases or treAtment in homeopathy I feel every 5th case is not successful that we can apply the knowledge and pattern we use to treat the other 4 successfully. Something or some link is missing to solve this puzzle.
If there was a fixed pattern we would not have so many diffrent approaches so each are successful in their own way and method but that approach can give a 90% result in their way of treatment in that disease condition but that method does not work in all disease conditions.
The result is important some give a speedy recovery some a delayed one but the important thing is everything works, it's only how fast you choose to go to the moon by a shuttle , rocket, or car and how long can we survive there with limited resources. So each one of us will reach there some may take 1 year some 2 years some 10 years and if some one invented speed of light travel it would take 8 seconds, the only thing is how long can we survive For many years without any relapse and minimum medicine.