Palliative Medicine: More Than Just Morphine (Part III of III)

As with everyone else, cancer patients have families, loved ones, who care for them, appreciate them, and each carry their own responsibilities. Some are single parents, sole breadwinners, have young kids or elderly parents to care for. Being progressively unwell, their duties become more difficult to carry out, they become more dependant and frustrated. Life becomes unmanageable and before the dynamics could change properly, it all is too late.

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Palliative Medicine: More Than Just Morphine (Part II of III)

Poppy and Periwinkles
by Maria Kamal
Assessment and management of patients with advanced cancer involve physical, cognitive, psychosocial and spiritual aspects. A holistic approach would ensure that the aim of care is achieved. Much of the assessment would require the physician to spend time with the patient, asking relevant open-ended and specific questions, listening to the related as well as seemingly non-relevant answers. Effective communication skills will point us towards the hints and signals that the patients give away.

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Palliative Medicine: More Than Just Morphine (Part I)

Poppy and Periwinkles
by Maria Kamal

Palliative medicine is a relatively new field in Malaysia. It is, at the moment, growing, as more people joined its training programme. Exposure to palliative medicine has also widened as doctors from Masters of Medicine as well as pain management trainees under anaesthesiology are introduced to at least a few weeks of their training programme.

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