Notes on palliative care

Aggressive treatments in the last few weeks of life increase difficult symptoms during dying, while a longer time in hospice care appears to reduce distress at the time of death for people with advanced cancer.

Research on coping with cancer has shown that the more time a patient spent under hospice care, the greater their quality of death – less physical distress.

Fears – Oneo f the greatest concerns of the dying patient and their family is the fear of loss of control.

Most losses are anticipated and experienced, such as loss of bodily functions, loss of independence and self-care and loss of income due to the resulting financial burdens, loss of the ability to provide for loved ones, loss or lack of time to complete tasks and mend relationships and loss of decision making capacity.

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