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BY DEBRA VERMEER
National Palliative Care Week r uns from
24 -- 30 May. Debra Vermeer speaks to two
women who know how important it is to talk
A diagnosis of ter minal cancer or other
life -limiting illness is a distressing experience
for anyone, but more recent advances in
Palliative and Supportive Car e are putting
patients back into the driver's seat when it
comes to deciding how their treatment will
unfold and how they and their family will
experience the jour ney ahead of them.
Although a relatively new area of
medical specialisation, Palliative Medicine
has developed in recent decades
into a sophisticated, patient-centred,
multidisciplinary approach to care.
It is this attention to the whole person that
sets it apar t from other medical specialities,
says Associate Professor Natasha Michael,
Director of Palliative Medicine at Cabrini
Health in Melbourne.
"The World Health Organisation definition
of Palliative Care is very explicit, that it is
about providing holistic care, where you pay
attention to the physical, the psychosocial
and the spiritual dimensions of suppor t and
care to patients and families living with a life-
limiting illness," she says.
"It also talks about early
integration, so that you
see people early on in
their disease tr ajectory,
when they've just been
diagnosed with such
a condition, and you
provide care through
the illness continuum,
and right through to the
bereavement period for the
family. And that care is provided
by a multidisciplinary team."
Dr Maria Cigolini, Clinical Director of
Palliative Medicine at Royal Prince Alfred
Hospital, Sydney, says many people's fear s of
death and dying stem from bad experiences
with the death of a loved one in the past.
"In the past, people didn't really talk about
dying and there wer e a variety of problems
that would occur around death which would
go unmanaged," she says.
Dr Cigolini says recent decades have seen
a r apid growth in cancer medicine,
a s well as treatment of other
chronic diseases , such as in
hear t and r enal disease,
meaning that people
often live longer with
and develop more
"Our role is to
tr y to keep people
symptomatically well and
controlled to get on with
their life, as well as being able to
get through their treatments to prolong their
lives," she says .
"When the disease becomes refractory to
tr eatment, then our role is to assist them
in planning in advance how they want to
be managed when curing the disease is no
longer a priority.
"This would include considering such things
a s place of death, how they want things to
be for them, as well as suppor ting them in
the community to either achieve a death
possible through community palliative nur ses
and doctors in cooper ation with the GP and
specialists. And an impor tant role is also to
support relatives, friends and carers in their
role to be able to live this par t of their lives
the best they can until death ensues."
Dr Cigolini says that one of the most
important aspects of good palliative care is
that it can return a measure of control to a
patient who might feel their life had spir alled
out of control upon diagnosis.
"With all the resources we now have
and the human experience in dedicated
social workers, psychologists, chaplains,
ther apists and wonder ful nur ses, this time
of dying becomes a very human and whole
experience," she says.
"I feel we can really say that it is definitely
possible to have a good death. It is possible
and it is happening."
it is definitely
possible to have a
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