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What is Palliative Care and How Can it Help Patients and Families?

by Sandy Balentine, MSN, RN, OCN, MBA, Director, Clinical Onocolgy, The Valley Hospital

Posted on November 14, 2016

November is National Hospice and Palliative Care Month and, although we are focusing on raising awareness of them at the same time, it is important to note important distinctions between the two services. Hospice is a philosophy of care for people who are near the end of life and are no longer seeking curative treatment. Palliative care, on the other hand, focuses on preventing or relieving the symptoms, pain and stress that can accompany a serious, chronic or incurable illness. Palliative care can also be used during times of acute illness.
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Give Yourself the Best Chance to be Pain Free

by Robert Silverman, M.D., Medical Director, The Valley Pain Management Center

Posted on January 19, 2016

There are many individualized treatments and therapies offered at pain management centers that can be used to treat chronic and acute pain, especially for pain that’s caused by something out of your control, such as severe illness or injury.   However, these treatments work much better when you simultaneously take personal initiatives to manage all aspects of your physical and mental health that are in your control.  Follow these self-management techniques in conjunction with any treatments or therapies your doctor recommends to give yourself the best chance at minimizing and effectively managing your pain.
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