Palliative care is patient- and family-centered care that focuses
upon effective management of pain and other distressing symptoms, while
incorporating psychosocial and spiritual care according to patient/family needs,
values, beliefs and culture(s). The goal of palliative care is to prevent and
relieve suffering and to support the best possible quality of life for patients
and their families, regardless of the stage of the disease or the need for other
therapies. Palliative care can be delivered concurrently with life-prolonging
care or as the main focus of care. The palliative care or Q-life physicians are
available as clinically indicated, and all cancer patients are screened for
palliative care needs at their initial visit, at appropriate intervals and as
clinically indicated by National Comprehensive Cancer Network guidelines. When effective cancer therapy is no longer
an option, patients will have access to optimal palliative care and counseling
with respect to end-of-life issues. If you need to speak with our
team of palliative care professionals, please call 239-343-9560.
Head and Neck
The Regional Cancer Center offers specialized care for individuals with voice
problems related to
head and neck cancer and for professional voice
users. Voice/speech rehabilitation services include evaluation of the
larynx with videostroboscopy and tracheoesophageal voice prosthesis
management for laryngectomees.
Videostroboscopy examines the vocal cords with a light and tiny camera
within a scope. Light flashes on and off (strobe) as the vocal cords
vibrate and move. This movement is videotaped and reviewed in slow
motion for a closer look at the vocal cords.
In collaboration with community organizations — Susan G. Komen,
Krystalz for Cancer — we are able to provide services to underserved populations
with a cancer diagnosis. Please call our Cancer Advocacy Center at
877-680-0008 for information and assistance.