What Are Palliative Treatments?

When your doctor begins to discuss palliative treatments, you may feel a sense of dread. While some people associate palliative care treatments with terminal illness, many people (including those without terminal illness) can benefit from this type of care. Palliative care simply means care that provides you comfort and relief from pain as you go through an illness and/ or treatment. Palliative care is not the same thing as hospice care, and we are proud to offer it here at High Desert Oncology Center.

 

Cancer can have negative impacts on mental health, and may cause anxiety and depression. Medicines that help to improve your mental state as you undergo chemotherapy can be an effective form of palliative care.

 

Palliative care treatments can also help to increase your energy as you go through treatment at our cancer clinic. Many people who undergo chemotherapy find that they have too much fatigue to do the things they want to do, such as playing with their pets or going on a family vacation. Palliative care can provide some relief and an increase in energy to help you live your life as normally as possible.

 

If you're going through cancer treatment, consider using palliative care to help you make it through to the other side. At High Desert Oncology Center, we're happy to discuss palliative care options to help you get through a difficult time in your life.