Treating the emotional and physical challenges of cancer and chronic disease
Chronic diseases such as cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and kidney failure are illnesses that can cause many physical and emotional symptoms. Providing comfort, relieving symptoms, and easing distress caused from disease and treatment is known as symptom management. With an endpoint of improving patients’ quality of life, we focus on identifying and controlling troublesome symptoms, integrating issues related to coping as well as interpersonal and family relationships. We believe this inclusive approach will enable patients to feel better and regain strength and hope.
Our goal is to manage patients’ symptoms to allow them to:
- Participate fully in life
- Continue to be active and productive members of their family and society
- Maintain a high level of daily functioning
- Continue to have a meaningful life experience
Services for patients and families
The Symptom Management Group team benefits patients and families through the following services:
- Conduct an extensive patient assessment.
- Identify specific troublesome symptoms.
- Identify disease treatment side effects that can be managed.
- Provide patient with effective and constructive symptom treatment options.
- Establish a treatment program to control the symptoms.
- Provide follow-up care on a regular basis.
- Provide long-term or short-term management, as needed.
- Provide patient with a mechanism for communication of progress or new concerns.
- Assist patient in developing productive family and interpersonal communications.
- Treat emotional and physical distress that comes with physical illness.
- Manage pain and other difficult effects of cancer.
- Identify coping mechanisms for living with chronic disease and its effects, including depression, anxiety, desperation, sleeplessness, fatigue, emotional crises, confusion, inability to cope and decision-making difficulty.