Tag - Palliative care doctor

How an extra layer of care is bringing relief to a family dealing with serious cancer

Heather Duiker* is 78. Her daughter, Geraldine (45) describes her mom as creative, loyal, and straight-forward. Two years ago, Heather was diagnosed with metastatic lung cancer, and Geraldine now adds “tough” to the list describing her mom. “When we heard the diagnosis, there was such disbelief. Then we were just shattered,” says Geraldine. But Heather just wanted to find out what [...]

Much-needed support on an often-lonely road

Dr Pelisa Ford is a practising oncologist and palliative care physician. That’s a fairly rare combination, but a very powerful one for her patients. Here’s why… “I wouldn’t be the doctor I am today, without palliative care,” says Dr Pelisa Ford. When Pelisa was a medical officer in oncology – not yet a qualified oncologist – her role was to look after [...]

Taking care to people’s homes

Palliative care doctor, Dr Cameron Bruce, chooses to care for patients away from a frenetic hospital environment where physicians run in and out of rooms, order lab tests and check results. He chooses to sit down with patients and their families, to stay longer, and offer deep care and comfort. When curative treatment ceases to work, patients can sometimes feel [...]

Questions to ask your palliative care doctor

Take a look at this list of questions to ask your palliative care doctor so you feel informed and empowered during your illness. When you’re diagnosed with a serious illness, it’s common to have a mixture of many emotions – fear, anger, sadness, anxiety, guilt. But also, if you have had symptoms for a long time or have undergone [...]

Palliative care FAQs

We answer some of the most commonly asked questions around palliative care from patients and their families. Do I need to stop seeing my oncologist if I start to see a palliative care doctor?No, palliative care is an extra layer of support and the palliative care doctor will work alongside your oncologist and any other involved healthcare practitioners such as [...]

The need for kindness, and really listening

Dr Nosisa Matsiliza wants medical practitioners and patients to know that palliative care doesn’t mean giving up; palliative care is not just for the very last days of life. Dr Nosisa Matsiliza was practising palliative care long before she officially trained as a palliative care doctor in 2017. The holistic approach to care – looking at physical, [...]

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