When the new Institute for Cancer Care is being designed, industrial planners, staff & physician teams will all have input on it’s schematic. But SMH can’t build a patient-centered facility without their input as well.
If a suspicious mass is discovered, there are steps to help identify the nature of the lesion – either benign or malignant. Biopsies, lumpectomies and mastectomies are some of the different procedures involved in identifying the suspicious area.
Supportive care services at SMH are born from the essence of palliative care; easing difficult conversations, family focused care and quality of life. Providing means for openness can help at a critical time in one’s life.
As life events happen, a living will or similar plan can change. But if a health event happens & the patient doesn’t have the ability to voice their wish, the family physician, family members or a Healthcare proxy can encourage the right decision.
You may have an idea – or complete documents – about your end of life plans. Informing your family, your caregiver and your Physician is also a very important step. Listen for tips on how to approach the subject.
Dying well and palliative care are terms that have become more prevalent in recent years. The book “Being Mortal” by Atul Gawande has inspired a local movement to help those navigating end of life.
Properly filled-out Advanced Directives, including a Living Will and a Medical Power of Attorney, can help in situations where the patient is unable to speak for themselves. The peace of mind for family is invaluable.
COPD or other chronic illnesses, pain management or symptom management are some examples of where Supportive Care Services can help. Knowing that this service is available can help immensely.
As Supportive Services (or Palliative Care) is classified a specialty, it needs to be consulted or referred by a physician. It is an extra layer of support for the patient while they are facing serious illness.
End-of-life care or Supportive Services is a medical specialty dealing with patients who are suffering from serious illness. And while hospice care is associated with terminal illnesses, it is also used to help those suffering from chronic conditions.