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Clinical Specialties - Cancer

Palliative Care for Cancer Patients

Sydney Adventist Hospital is committed to providing caring and appropriate acute palliative care support for our patients.

Acute palliative care provides relief from pain and discomfort while patients receive treatment for an illness or disease. While the main goal of medicine is to cure or control disease, it's also our priority to focus attention and resources on issues such as pain and symptom relief – conditions directly related to a patient’s quality of life during treatment and after treatment.

Outpatient palliative care option

As an option, care can be provided when possible in the patient’s home. Sydney Adventist Hospital provides 24 hour, 7 day a week phone access to a Nurse Practitioner led Community Palliative Care service. This service is not covered by health funds and we are extremely grateful for the support of the San Foundation to enable us to provide this important care. Our specialised staff will see people in their homes and liaise with other care providers and specialists to allow seamless transition from community to inpatient care when required, or end of life care at home.

Sometimes admission to hospital is unavoidable. The Poon Oncology Ward is located on Level 6 of the Clifford Tower and patients are able to be admitted for either short-term symptom management or end of life care under their usual specialist and / or an Acute Palliative Care specialist.

If discharge back to home or to another care facility is contemplated, an experienced case manager will coordinate this process, often with the assistance of a social worker and occupational therapist. They work with the patient’s general practitioner, the San Community Palliative Care team and the relevant community nursing service to ensure the best possible patient care is provided at all times. Patients can be readmitted for symptom management if this is required.

“You matter because you are.
You matter to the last moment of your life, and we will do all we can,
Not only to help you die peacefully, but to live until you die.”

Dame Cecily Saunders

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