Palliative Medicine is a new medical specialty in Singapore. It is the medical care that helps to relieve sufferings and improve the quality of life for patients who are facing life-threatening illnesses such as advanced cancer.
In Parkway Cancer Centre, Palliative Medicine has been an integral part of our comprehensive cancer programme. It is our aim to provide the best possible cancer care for our patients. Our specialist in Palliative Medicine, sees patients in Gleneagles Hospital, Mount Elizabeth Hospital and Mount Elizabeth Novena Hospital.
Our services include:
Cancer Pain Management
About a quarter of the patients with advance stage cancers suffer from severe cancer pain. This pain may be difficult to control. Sometimes the pain-relieving medication may cause some side effects. Our specialist is here to help you assess and manage the cancer pain. He will also help to minimise the side effects of the pain-relieving medications.
Discharge & Home Care Planning
Patients with advance stage cancers may get weaker and require more care than the usual level of care rendered at home. Our specialist can evaluate the patients’ conditions and determine the nursing and equipments needed by the patients at home. Also, we will link you up with appropriate service vendors who will provide the necessary nursing care and equipment rental/purchase.
For Parkway Cancer Centre patients who are too weak to see us in the clinic, we can also arrange for home visits.
Advance Care Planning (ACP)
Advance Care Planning (ACP) is a new concept that is getting popular in the USA and Australia. Our specialist can help the patient to plan and document his own wishes regarding his medical treatment in advance when his mind is still considered lucid. In the ACP, the patient can also appoint a substitute decision maker, in the event when he loses the mental capacity to do so in the future.