“Ask a Nurse” Just Found Out My Father Has Liver Cancer
Question: Dear Qualicare, I have just experienced something that I never thought
possible, and I need to have some information to help me figure out what
to do next. After waiting in the hospital for hours, we just found out
that my father has liver cancer. They told us that my dad is dying and
we should investigate our options for his palliative care. I noticed your
site indicates that you will help us in this situation and we need more
information. We want to do everything for him that we possibly can. Please
get back to me either by email or telephone.
Answer: Dear Beth, Thank you for approaching us about your father. It must be
very frightening for your family and I am sure its overwhelming for you.
I am sorry to hear about this misfortune but we can help you make sure
he is properly cared for and comfortable. I know it's not easy to
know whether you are doing as much as possible but we'll help you
understand your options so you can choose the right path for your family.
A good way for us to help you get started is with our "Options Assessment".
You should attend this session before hospital discharge and with your
father and any other involved members of your family. Our Registered Nurse
Care Manager will facilitate a discussion to understand your family and
their desires, your environment and all factors of your father's medical
condition, to explain the feasible options, make recommendations and to
understand how to make the choice. In addition, the nurse will help you
understand how to achieve your plans on your own or with Qualicare's
help. There are a number of palliative care options - each fitting family
circumstances differently as each have considerations that will affect
your choices. Your family will have to get educated and make choices that
are best for you; but you will not be alone. Qualicare can stay with you
and your family, offering support, guidance, excellent healthcare services
and the peace of mind that you are doing everything possible for your father.
-Diane RN - Qualicare
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