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Palliative care

Palliative Care is the specialized medical care aiming to relieve pain and other symptoms of an illness and side effects of treatment. Being confronted with challenges caused by an illness leading to the end of life doesn't mean giving up from it.

Relief from pain and all kinds of symptoms, psychological support and dignity of the patient facing a poor prognosis or a serious medical condition are the aims of palliative care.

Creta Pain Clinic and Dr. Kyriazis offer specialized care services to patients with the aim of ensuring quality of life at every difficult stage of their illness.

Did You Know: "According to the World Health Organization, only 14% of people who need palliative care eventually receive it"

What is Palliative Care?

Palliative care is specialized medical care that aims to relieve pain, as well as other symptoms of an illness.

Traditionally, palliative care has been associated with end-of-life care. But in reality palliative care is appropriate at any stage of an illness where patients have symptoms that cause discomfort and can benefit through appropriate treatment.

Who is Palliative Care for?

Palliative care is based on the needs of the patient rather than the prognosis of the disease they are experiencing. Thus, it is addressed to any patient, of any age, who is at any stage of a serious illness

Diseases that need Palliative Care

Palliative care is close to people suffering from the symptoms and stress of serious illnesses such as:

  1. The cancer
  2. Heart disease
  3. Lung disease
  4. Kidney failure
  5. The dementia
  6. Parkinson's disease
  7. Stroke and other serious illnesses

Symptoms that improve

Symptoms that may improve with palliative care include:

  1. Pain
  2. Nausea or vomiting.
  3. Stress and nervousness.
  4. Depression.
  5. Constipation.
  6. Shortness of breath.
  7. Loss of appetite.
  8. Fatigue.
  9. Difficulty sleeping.

What Creta Pain Clinic offers

Each patient will receive their own palliative care plan, which is tailored to the specifics of their health condition and their wishes.

At Creta Pain Clinic, Dr. Kyriazis’ first step will be to take a complete medical history of the patient and then discuss the formulation of a treatment plan that will help them gain strength and remain active in their daily lives.

Dr. Kyriazis will take the time needed to help you match treatment options with your goals. He will also ensure that all physicians involved in your care will know and understand what you want. This gives you more control over your care and will improve your quality of life.

Palliative care in practice

More specifically, palliative care can include:

  • Managing symptoms such as pain
  • Techniques that improve your comfort and sense of well-being.
  • Support and advice to the patient and their family to help them cope.

Palliative Care & Benefits

The great benefit of palliative care is the dignified progression of the patient through the difficult stages of their illness. Additional research has shown that palliative care is associated with:

  • Improved health care outcomes.
  • Less anxiety and depression.
  • longer life expectancy than patients who did not receive palliative care.

Palliative Care & Cancer

Palliative care is an integral part of comprehensive cancer care. It can begin immediately after diagnosis or at any stage a disease, treating not the disease itself, but relieving its physical , emotional and psychological symptoms.

Is palliative care the same as end-of-life care?

No, not necessarily. Palliative care is a broader range of services that can last much longer.

At what point in time should I seek palliative care?

There is no set time for palliative care. As soon as you get a serious, life-threatening diagnosis and feel the need for support you can seek it!

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