Stomach cancer palliative care encompasses much more than helping someone who is dying; it is also helping the sufferer and their families to live with the disease at a time when the chance of cure has generally passed.
It is a difficult time for you when you get to this point, but with the right compassion and support, your life can mad easier for you.
Palliative care for terminal illness can be administered by doctors, nurses, physiotherapists, social workers, support organizations and hospices.
Support may come in many different forms including physical, psychological, financial, organisational and many more.
The focus though is on you and your family, trying to do the right thing for you and in a dignified way.
The ideal is to have compassion and support in your own environment and for most people that means palliation at home.
This is something most people wish to happen and in most cases, that’s fine.
However, sometimes therapy needs to be administered outside the home in places such as day units, hospices and hospitals.
A hospice is a place that you can go either for terminal care at the end of your life or for symptom control or in some cases as a day visit or outpatient setting where you can get help and advice.
Hospices are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and have trained staff available to help you including medical aid in the form of specialists or consultants.
They can help with pain management and with issues such as breathlessness, nausea and vomiting.
Palliation is often administered in hospital, particularly for acute pain management, a common reason for referral.
Along with the medical teams in hospitals, there are normally specialist palliative pain management teams in place that can help deal with your symptom control.
Outpatient palliation may be a visit to a clinic to see a specialist or for administration of palliative treatments including radiotherapy and chemotherapy.
Palliative care organisations are charitable organisations available to you depending on where you are in the world.
In the UK , the two biggest organizations are
In the US, the main support organization is the:
Pain relief might be something most people associate with palliation although this is really only a small aspect of the teams involvement.
There's no doubt that pain management is a very important aspect though and you can read more about this by going to the pain page in the advanced cancer section.