Treating cancer patients, not just the disease
When faced with a cancer diagnosis, patients and their loved ones take swift and aggressive action in mounting a counterattack against the disease.
The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network will host its first Oklahoma Cancer Policy Forum dedicated to educating patients, providers and the public about palliative care in Oklahoma.
The forum will be from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Friday at Stephenson Cancer Center, 800 NE 10th St., Oklahoma City. To register, visit acscan.org/okforum
The forum will address:
• What is palliative care and how does it work?
• Why is such care important to patients, providers and insurers?
• What policy changes would help expand the use and benefits of palliative care?
Guests will include leading palliative care researchers, oncologists, health professionals, citizen-volunteers and health care advocates.
This year in Oklahoma, an estimated 19,830 people will be diagnosed with cancer. These individuals often face a very uncertain and scary road ahead. Palliative care is gaining popularity quickly because its purpose is to improve the quality of life for people battling difficult diseases.
Oklahoma Palliative Care Resource Center featured in OU Medicine Magazine.
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What is "palliative" care?
It is "HOPE". . .
The Institute of Medicine (1997) defined palliative care as care which ". . .seeks to prevent, relieve, reduce, or soothe the symptoms of disease or disorder without affecting a cure."
Palliative care is medical treatment that is directed to "care" for the physical, spiritual and psychological needs of patients and support for their caretakers.
Palliative care should be available to both adults and children early in the course of any medical treatment, and particularly in treatment of serious, chronic illness.
It should be provided alongside any medical treatment intended to "cure" illness and continued to provide quality of life "care" when there is no cure.
Palliative care is the response to a patient's and family's hope for effective pain management and emotional comfort from physicians, nurses, social workers, chaplains and other health providers who never stop caring, who never give up on comfort, who always put the patient first. Palliative care is the "good news" in difficult times of serious, chronic illness.
Palliative care is not restricted to those who are dying. It is focused on the patient and caretakers to recognize the pain and anxiety which accompany serious, chronic, life-limiting illness. Palliative care should be available to both adults and children early in the course of any medical treatment.
to ". . . live while you're alive"
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OUHSC Family Medicine Dog honored by American Medical Directors Association Foundation in the Caring Canine Calendar,
B.W. Winnicott, OU Physicians Family Medicine Center
Bow Wow Winnicott, named after British child psychoanalyst Donald Woods D.W. Winnicott, and known by children in foster care as "Winnie" is a soft-coated wheaten terrier. She assisted her owner, Annette Prince, in therapy with Native American children in foster care in Anadarko, Oklahoma, and also helped at inpatient psychiatric units for Childrens' and University Hospitals in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
Address inquiries to:
Annette Prince, Director
Oklahoma Palliative Care Resource Center