SwedishAmerican Introduces Palliative Care Services at Regional Cancer Center
Approximately 90 million Americans are living with serious and life-threatening illnesses, including cancer, and the number is expected to more than double over the next 25 years with the aging of the baby boomer population. In response, SwedishAmerican established a dedicated palliative care program in 2013, which aims to relieve suffering and improve the quality of life for patients with serious illnesses.
Due to the large response to the program, SwedishAmerican is pleased to announce that it is now offering palliative care services to cancer patients at the Regional Cancer Center.
At SwedishAmerican, palliative care is provided by an interdisciplinary team that treats the whole person. A key goal of the program is to ensure that patients do not suffer from uncontrolled physical, psychological or spiritual symptoms. The team is comprised of palliative care physicians, advance practice nurses, pharmacists, social workers, chaplains and massage therapists.
“SwedishAmerican’s palliative care team is committed to helping cancer patients maintain the most comfortable, independent and active life,” says Palliative Care Director Dr. Juliette Kalweit. “If you or a family member is suffering from a serious illness, please know that you do not have to go through it alone. Our team is here for you and we encourage you to give us a call.”
Patients interested in receiving more information about SwedishAmerican’s palliative care services at the Regional Cancer Center, or receiving a consultation, can call (779) 696-4175.
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