Achieving "Victory" Through Holistic Palliative Care

July 9, 2019 | By CAPC Staff

In the latest issue of the Journal of Clinical Pathways, Dr. Adil Akhtar wrote a commentary about the need to treat patients holistically, vs. solely focusing on the disease. He explains how this shift in treatment philosophy serves patients, and discusses how early and proactive palliative care is beneficial for the patient's (and family's) journey with a serious illness.

"In my view, we can better serve our patients if we shift the treatment philosophy to the holistic treatment of the patient as a whole. The goals of care, then, should be treatment and healing – not starting a war against the cancer. When framed as a war, patients may view stopping treatment as 'giving up' if the cancer does not respond. They may also delay or refuse palliative care altogether, even though it can greatly improve their comfort, well-being, and overall quality of life for both the patient and their family."

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