Supportive Care Options
I attended the webinar on cancerlyfe recently discussing supportive care options in cancer treatments. It reminded me of an article I read not too long ago suggesting the introduction of palliative care into the transplant process.
My personal opinion is this would be a step in the right direction when it comes to whole person care but I think a few things need to take place before people would even consider the idea. The first being we need to reframe how we think about palliative care (I don't know about you but for a really long time I thought palliative care and hospice were the same thing) and the second is we have to reframe how we think about transplantation. A lot of what is out there on transplant focuses on the medical interventions and surgical process, which is extremely important but I often see supportive treatment options overlooked.
What do you think about the introduction of supportive care practices or palliative care to transplantation? Or what patient support services are you connected to that focus on whole person care for transplant recipients?