- Palliative care is to provide comfort and relief without curing
- Palliative care means keeping you, the patient, as comfortable as possible throughout your cancer experience. It can begin as early as when you are first diagnosed with cancer and may continue until the end of life, whether the death is caused by cancer or from another problem. More and more cancer patients do not die from cancer. But some do.
- The purpose of this branch is to help you
- find resources that you may need to improve your comfort;
- learn how others approach death and dying with dignity;
- provide information about the types of things you need to do before you die;
- explain how some things need to be done to reduce the likelihood of problems among your family after you have died / passed away / walked on.
- Add a vignette from Mary Lovato talking about why she wrote her will and the many places she has copies so that her wishes are carried out. Linda doesn't have the verbatim transcript yet. Rick is trying to get the newest version of DragonSpeak to do this function.
- What information can I find here?
Leaf #1. Welcome
Leaf #2. Stories (caricatures - composites of real patients in the Network)
Leaf #3. Introduction
Leaf #4. Medicine Wheel: The Body
Leaf #5. Medicine Wheel. The Mind. The Will and Advanced Directives
Leaf #6. Medicine Wheel: Emotions
Leaf #7. Medicine Wheel: Spirit
Leaf #8. Resources
Leaf #9. Patient Questions about palliative care and end-of-life
Leaf #10. Glossary / Definitions
Leaf #11. Authors: Linda Burhansstipanov and Lisa Harjo with assistance from CeCe Whitewolf