The Mesothelioma Center's February Support Group - Understanding Palliative & Hospice Care
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Many people aren’t familiar with the term “palliative care,” and it is often confused with hospice care. Palliative care is a general term used to describe any therapy that alleviates the ...

Many people aren’t familiar with the term “palliative care,” and it is often confused with hospice care. Palliative care is a general term used to describe any therapy that alleviates the symptoms, pain or suffering caused by a disease or its treatment. This month’s support topic aims to clear the confusion by explaining what both types of care entail, and by addressing their similarities and differences.

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  • 1. Understanding the Difference Between Palliative Care and Hospice Care Dana Nolan MS, LMHC, NCC Mental Health Counselor
  • 2. A New Trend in Patient Care Increase in hospitals/clinics offering specialized palliative care. Confusion between palliative care and hospice. Hospice care is more established nationwide and worldwide. (800) 615-2270
  • 3. What is Palliative Care?  Goal is to feel better.  Patients with chronic or serious illness (such as mesothelioma).  Decrease or relieve symptoms of disease or its treatment.  Improve quality of life. (800) 615-2270
  • 4. Palliative Care With Mesothelioma Patients  Common symptoms treated: pain, shortness of breath, chemotherapyinduced neuropathy, nausea, loss of appetite, fatigue etc.  Palliative care can be given ALONG SIDE curative treatments such as surgery, chemo, gene therapy etc. (800) 615-2270
  • 5. Who Provides Palliative Care?  Physicians, Registered Nurses, Counselors, Massage Therapists, Registered Dietitians etc…  Increase recently in healthcare teams that SPECIALIZE in palliative care. (800) 615-2270
  • 6. What is Hospice Care?  Patients cease curative treatment and begin palliative care only to maximize quality of life.  Life expectancy is months vs. years.  Hospice organizations provide care to patients/families in their home or nursing home.  Hundreds of hospice organizations in US. (800) 615-2270
  • 7. Who Are Hospice Care Providers? Hospice organizations are only able to provide hospice care to patients who meet hospice criteria. Physician, nurse, home health aids, counselors/social workers, chaplains and volunteers routinely make up hospice teams. Services are routinely provided in the patient’s home which better suits the family and patient. (800) 615-2270
  • 8. Palliative Care vs. Hospice Care  Does insurance pay for palliative care?  Does health insurance pay for hospice care?  Can I stop hospice care and go back to curative treatment if a promising drug comes on the market? (800) 615-2270
  • 9. Palliative Care vs. Hospice Care Cont. Can I keep my physician if I want to add palliative care to my treatment plan? Can I keep my physician if I want hospice care? How long can I receive palliative care? How long can I receive hospice care? (800) 615-2270
  • 10. Conclusions  Many misconceptions about both hospice care and palliative care.  Many similarities between the two types of treatment.  Major difference is that a patient cannot receive curative treatment while receiving hospice care. (800) 615-2270
  • 11. Contact Information 1-800-615-2270 (800) 615-2270