Allina Health Palliative Care can help people with chronic or advanced illness and may have:
Agnes was diagnosed with ovarian cancer the year her husband died. She underwent surgery with no further chemotherapy or treatments. She had just learned that the cancer had come back and spread to her bladder and abdomen.
The only family she had was a sister-in-law and nephew. She had no health care directive.
She was afraid of being in pain and didn't want to go through the ordeal that her husband did when he died of lung cancer.
Allina Health Palliative Care met with Agnes four times and provided several telephone calls from an expert nurse for symptom management and family support.
Last Acts, a national coalition to improve care and caring near the end of life
Gloria Cade, RN, BSN, CHPCA, director, hospice & palliative care