Palliative care educational forum to be held at Roper St. Francis

Palliative care educational forum to be held at Roper St. Francis

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) will be holding an educational forum on Thursday at Roper St. Francis in Charleston.

The event, called Quality of Life: Removing the Barriers of Care, will discuss information concerning public patient quality of life issues.

It will take place from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the Board Room. Roper St. Francis Cancer Center is located at 2095 Henry Tecklenburg Drive in Charleston.

The event is free and open to the public.

It will focus on the significance of palliative care for those individuals and families coping with serious chronic illnesses, including cancer. Among the topics to be addressed will be legislation that would help remove barriers to palliative care access.

Health care workers, patients, and lawmakers will be present for the discussion.

Palliative care concentrates on improving the quality of life by providing relief from symptoms, and coping with pain and stress, as part of patient treatment plans. It strives to give the patients a better experience through increased quality of care with lower costs.

Palliative care also seeks to take patient choice for treatment goals into account, and maintain family involvement in the care process. It is available for patients of any age, and at any stage in the diagnosis.

A number of doctors will be speaking, including Dr. Robert Lake, Director of Palliative Care and Post Acute Care from Roper St. Francis; Dr. Thaddeus Bell, Thaddeus John Bell Family Practice and Founder and CEO of Closing the Gap in Health Care, Inc.; and Dr. Leigh Vaughn, Assistant Professor of Medicine Division of General Internal Medical and Geriatrics from the Medical University of South Carolina.

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