CAPC News Bites, What you need to know this week
Patients Turn to Palliative Care for Relief from Serious Illness
Palliative care has received the national spotlight this week in an article in the Wall Street Journal that points to its steadfast growth across the United States. The story also underlines how patients and families are benefitting from what this medical specialty has to offer. Click here to read the full article.
Featured among patients, program leaders and advocates is Dr. Diane E. Meier, Director of CAPC. Dr. Meier discusses how palliative care can be implemented at any age or any stage of a serious illness. She offers the following example:
“For a 24-year-old with acute leukemia, there is a 70% chance of survival, but the treatment is physically devastating, and that suffering is remediable with palliative care,” says Dr. Meier.
Also featured in the article is palliative care patient Amy Berman, Senior Program Officer at the Hartford Foundation, who was diagnosed with Stage IV inflammatory breast cancer in 2010. Since choosing to receive palliative care, Amy has been enjoying a productive and fulfilling life. This past July, CAPC produced a video that tells Amy’s uplifting story in her own words.
More Hospitals Embrace Palliative Care
Tanya Rivero, host of Wall Street Journal Video’s Lunch Break, recently sat down with Dr. Diane E. Meier and Wall Street Journal Assistant Managing Editor, Laura Landro to discuss the current state of palliative care. This video is worth watching because it clearly explains how palliative can benefit patients, how it helps hospitals reduce emergency room visits, how it is covered by healthcare plans, and when it is appropriate for patients and families. This video is also worth sharing with those who don’t yet have a full handle on what palliative care is. Click here to watch and share.