Palliative Care for Terminally Ill Patients

Need for Palliative Care for Critically Ill Patients

My cancer patients suffer from:

  • Pain
  • Breathlessness
  • Serious malnutrition
  • Depression
  • Severe loss of confidence.

Many people do not know this, but my chronic bronchitis patients suffer from the same symptoms. The difference is that the latter suffer from it for years while the former die quickly in a few months. So, there are thousands of patients with very poor quality of life who cannot sleep or eat due to severe lung diseases.

They require not only medicines for the chest, which help to an extent, but also:

  • Medicines for depression
  • Food for nutrition
  • And counseling to cope with the severe stress that they are experiencing.

Unfortunately as doctors, or even as concerned family members, we tend to forget these very basic needs despite wanting the best for our patients/relatives. We spend lakhs of rupees on medicines or run form pillar to post, for them, but do not talk to them regarding what they want or what their primary concerns are.

Palliative care is concerned with relieving patients of their critical symptoms, which maybe a severe breathing difficulty or spasmodic intractable cough or swallowing difficulty or depression leading to complete loss of interest in life and living.

People involved in palliative care include:

  • Doctors
  • Counselors
  • Dietitians
  • And nurses.

SYMPTOM RELIEF SHOULD BE A MAJOR PRIORITY FOR ALL THESE PATIENTS.

I recommend palliative help for terminally ill patients and their families, when needed.

** This site is for patient information only **