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Caring with a Helping Hand

Improving quality of life for people with cancer

Brent Richardson, NP-C, APRN, of Concord Hospital, talks about palliative care, including how it differs from hospice care.

Cancer presents survivors and their families with a number of challenges. For example, more than 70% of survivors are estimated to experience pain, and many also experience nausea, difficulty breathing, depression, and fatigue, as well as other physical and psychological symptoms. In addition, survivors and their families require the knowledge to make informed decisions, maintain an enhanced quality of life, optimize body function, and preserve opportunities for personal well-being and development.

That's where palliative care comes in. Palliative care refers to a comprehensive approach to easing suffering and improving quality of life for individuals and their families when faced with advanced or life-threatening illness.

To help people learn more about palliative care, including how it differs from hospice care, our friends at the New Hampshire Comprehensive Cancer Collaboration produced this video.

More Information about Palliative Care

For videos, podcasts, and more on palliative care, visit the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Healthy Highlights Palliative Care topic page.

More Information about the New Hampshire Comprehensive Cancer Collaboration

The New Hampshire Comprehensive Cancer Collaboration was established in 2004 to address one of the leading causes of death in New Hampshire. It is a partnership of individuals and organizations like Norris Cotton Cancer Center that are committed to eliminating cancer in the state.

January 30, 2012