A Compassionate Approach to Cancer Treatment

The term “palliative care” often evokes misconceptions. However, Dr. McKillip at Nebraska Cancer Specialists, sheds light on the true essence of palliative care, emphasizing its role in enhancing the quality of life for cancer patients.

Palliative care is not synonymous with end-of-life care. Instead, it is considered an extra layer of care. The palliative care clinic is provided by a specially-trained team who work closely with a patient’s medical care team to ensure patients and families are reaching goals for preventing and relieving symptoms of cancer and treatment, maximizing quality of life, and addressing physical and emotional needs.

Visits are tailored to what’s most important to the patient and family. Our services include:

  • Treatments for relieving pain and other symptoms such as nausea, fatigue, depression, and anxiety
  • Counseling for feelings of depression, anxiety, hopelessness, grief, and family challenges related to living with a serious medical illness
  • Assistance and support in making difficult medical decisions
  • Help in making sure that patients are as comfortable and active as possible
  • Assistance with family challenges such as difficult conversations, coping with the stress of a serious illness, and talking to children to understand and cope with the illness of a loved one

Palliative care is about empowering patients to make informed decisions about their treatment goals and priorities. By fostering open communication and shared decision-making, palliative care enables patients to maintain a sense of control and dignity amidst the challenges of cancer.

Ultimately, palliative care is a testament to Nebraska Cancer Specialists’ commitment to comprehensive cancer care. By embracing the principles of compassion, dignity, and holistic support, Dr. McKillip and her team strive to alleviate suffering and enhance the well-being of cancer patients, one compassionate interaction at a time.

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