Redefining Cancer Palliative Care - Curetalks

Redefining Cancer Palliative Care

Palliative care is the active holistic care of people across all ages living with a life-limiting illness to live as well as possible, for as long as possible — supporting their physical, emotional, spiritual and social needs. It also aims to improve the lives of the patient’s families and their caregivers. Palliative care initially and historically focused on alleviating the relief of suffering at the end of life. However, it is now considered best practice and is increasingly implemented earlier in the trajectory of life-threatening health conditions.. Existing research suggests that palliative care is both effective in reducing symptom burden and improving quality of life, cost-effective and is synonymous with quality of care. We are talking to director of the Symptom Management Service at the UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center and associate director of the UCSF Palliative Care Leadership Center Dr. Mike Rabow about the evolution of cancer palliative care, misconceptions, symptoms management and the multidisciplinary approach that it entails today. 


Talk Recorded on Jun 19, 2020, 01:00 pm EST </> Embed
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  1. J

    Are palliative care services covered by insurance?

  2. A

    How would palliative care help prevent infections and internal bleeds due to transplants in blood cancer patients?

  3. M

    What types of palliative care services can be offered to someone who is newly diagnosed with cancer and how do we not make it scary to them if they associate palliative care with hospice?

  4. A

    Do all cancer centers have formal palliative care teams or some do and some don’t? Is it something like if I asked for in my cancer center, they would have?

  5. R

    Heh Priya

    We love MIke Rabow at AnCan – a good friend! But why so early – 7 a.m. out west!!

    Onward & upwards, rick

    • P

      Hi Rick, Thanks for pointing that out! The talk is at 10 am PST / 1 pm ET!! Hope you are doing good.