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How Palliative Care Supports Dialysis Patients

Our kidneys are part of our body's filtration system. When they are functioning properly, they filter waste and extra water out of our blood to make urine. This helps to control our chemical levels and blood pressure. It also keeps our bones healthy and helps our body produce red blood cells to carry fresh oxygen throughout our body.
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3 Things to Know About Palliative Care and Oncology

There’s been countless research on palliative care that effectively documents the benefit of its early integration in the cancer treatment process. This type of care improves outcomes such as the patient satisfaction rate, symptom management, nausea and vomiting improvement, and overall pain management for cancer patients.
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Palliative Care: Controlling CHF Fluid Levels

Congestive heart failure (CHF) is the leading cause of hospital admissions nationwide for adults 65 and older. What’s even worse is many of the patients return to the hospital within 30 days of their original stay.
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Palliative Care: Managing COPD as Temperatures Rise

Summer’s heat can be a challenge for anyone, but for those with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) the increased humidity can exacerbate symptoms and make it even harder to catch their breath. Palliative care can provide additional support to home COPD patients, preventing trips to the emergency room.
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Partners in Care: Palliative’s Role in Assisted Living

Over three-quarters of a million seniors are currently living in assisted living facilities. Most of these residents have some chronic health condition that could benefit from the support of palliative care in assisted living facilities. That support can mean the difference between staying in the residence of their choice versus in-patient hospital care.
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Palliative Care: Navigating Cancer Treatment

For many cancer patients, it’s the side effects to cancer treatments that cause the most disruption to their daily lives. “Palliative care is a partnership. We address those side effects to provide the patient with the highest possible quality of life while their oncologist or hematologist focuses on treating the cancer itself,” says Dr. Jared Dirks, Crossroads Hospice and Palliative Care Medical Director.
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