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Coping With Cancer Overview

Take a ‘Vacation’ from Cancer
Take a 'Vacation' from Cancer Cancer is a difficult diagnosis to deal with, whether it's you or a loved one facing the condition. You may find yourself battling both the emotional stress and strain of coping with cancer and the physical challenges of the illness and its treatment. Many people with cancer benefit from taking a respite from their condition from time to time. This "vacation" from cancer can come in many forms. It can be as simple as using relaxation techniques that bring you some peace and...
Patient-Controlled Analgesia Pumps
Patient-Controlled Analgesia Pumps Patient-controlled analgesia (PCA) is a method of pain management that allows you to decide when you will get a dose of pain medication. In some situations, PCA may be a better way of providing pain relief than calling for assistance. You don't need to wait for a nurse, and you can get smaller doses of pain medicine more frequently. With this type of pain treatment, a needle attached to an intravenous (IV) line is placed into one of your veins. A computerized pump atta...
Palliative Care Methods for Controlling Pain
Palliative Care Methods for Controlling Pain Palliative care is used to manage a disease or medical condition that can no longer be cured, primarily by easing pain. Palliative care also eases other distressing symptoms, such as depression, anxiety, fatigue, insomnia, and shortness of breath. Palliative care provides advanced care planning and a support system to help you live a life that is as active, fulfilling, and as pain-free as possible. Palliative care may last for weeks, months, or years, and the...
Living with an Ostomy
Living with an Ostomy When your body can't get rid of waste in the normal way, you may need an ostomy. This can happen because of a disease or a medical procedure. An ostomy is an opening that is created surgically somewhere on the body to help get rid of stool or urine. The waste is collected in a removable bag, called a pouch. The pouch is on the outside of the body and can be emptied as needed. Ostomies often get confused with stomas, but they are different medical terms. Ostomy means the opening its...
Palliative Care: Bringing Comfort
Palliative Care: Bringing Comfort When people hear the term palliative care , many assume that it's a treatment only for someone who is dying. But palliative care can also be used to bring physical and emotional comfort to anyone with a serious illness. Palliative care can benefit any patient at any age and any stage of his or her illness. Overview Palliative care focuses on improving a patient’s quality of life by improving the symptoms of his or her illness, such as pain, shortness of breath, and diff...