When someone is diagnosed with a serious disease — cancer, for instance — oftentimes, an entire team of health professionals oversees the person’s care. There could be a primary care doctor, a surgeon, medical oncologist, radiation oncologist, social worker, a dietitian.
And sometimes, a palliative care specialist. But not often enough, says Dr. Diane Meier. She’s a palliative care specialist and the Director of the Center to Advance Palliative Care at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City.
Palliative care focuses on improving a person’s quality of life when he/she is dealing with a serious illness. Diseases that not too long ago would mean certain death are now treatable. Even if a disease can’t be cured, it may be treated as a chronic condition.
In this Catching Health podcast, I talk with Dr. Meier about why she believes palliative care is so important, not only for the patient but for the whole family. She also explains the difference between palliative care and hospice.
Resources/Maine and New Hampshire
Palliative Care Resources/Maine
- Central Maine Medical Center
- Eastern Maine Medical Center
- MaineGeneral Health
- Maine Medical Center
- Mercy Hospital
- Mid Coast Hospital
- New England Cancer Specialists
- St. Joseph Healthcare
- Southern Maine Health Care
Hospice Care Resources/Maine
Palliative and Hospice Care Resources/New Hampshire
Please let me know if there are other resources I can add to the list.