What is palliative care?
Palliative care does not aim to cure a cancer, it is used to help shrink, slow down the growth, or control symptoms of an advanced stage tumour. It may also be used to control the symptoms of a cancer that has spread to give a patient a better quality of life.
How can palliative treatment help?
Palliative treatment can:
- Treat symptoms of cancer in the lungs
- Control ulcerating tumours and reduce bleeding
- Treat symptoms of cancer in the brain
- Treat a blood vessel blockage in the neck
- Relieve pain in bone cancer
- Relieve pressure on the spinal cord
- Shrink a tumour to reduce pain
Is it right for me?
Palliative radiation therapy isn’t the answer for everyone. Other therapies such as surgery, chemotherapy, hormone therapy or biological therapy may be better. Your consultant is the best person to talk with about the best way forward.
How long will radiation therapy last?
Most people don’t need long courses of palliative radiation therapy – it might be anything between one and ten treatments. Your consultant can advise you. If you live a long way from your treatment centre, you may be offered a session on the same day as your first consultation.
Dr Selena Young
Selena has clinical interests in breast, gynaecological, skin cancer and palliative care.
Dr Raj Jagavkar
Dr Jagavkar has a subspecialty interest in urological cancers and innovative technologies including brachytherapy. He also has interest in lung, lymphoma and upper intestinal cancers.
Dr Susan Mincham
Susan treats all patients but has a special interest in head and neck cancer, palliative radiation therapy, lymphoma, lung, and breast cancer.
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