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From My Heart To Yours: A Personal Story

by Deborah Rath, BSN, R.N., Program Director, Valley Thrive!

Posted on April 19, 2018

About five months ago, I lost my best girlfriend and life’s biggest cheerleader. My mom enjoyed 93 years of life...I miss her every day. She was an inspiration to all she came in contact with.
 
As Mom approached her later years of life, she asked me to take on the big responsibility of being her health proxy. As an R.N., I pondered the clinical, emotional and psychological task.
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Palliative Care and Cancer Treatment

by Ayelet Spitzer, D.O., Supportive Care Specialist, Valley-Mount Sinai Comprehensive Cancer Care

Posted on November 27, 2017

A cancer diagnosis is frightening and often impacts patients on both a physical and an emotional level. It can actually lead to symptoms such as pain, nausea, anxiety and depression. These symptoms, as well as those that are caused by the cancer and/or the cancer treatment, can be eased through the incorporation of palliative medicine into the patient’s care plan.
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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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Hospice Care: Offering Comfort and Peace-of-Mind

by Kris MacMillan, Director of Valley Hospice

Posted on November 15, 2013

For patients with serious, advanced illness for whom a cure is no longer possible, facing the end of life can be both frightening and confusing.  Most Americans would prefer to spend the remainder of their lives at home with their families.  They also want to be pain-free and able to enjoy life for as long as possible, to have a say in their care and treatment, and they don’t want to be a burden to their loved ones.
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