Palliative CareOutpatient Department
Palliative Care: it is the full, specialised approach that helps improve the quality of life of patients, both adults and children, and their families, when they are dealing with chronic and life-threatening diseases, by providing means of preventing and relieving suffering, offering relief from chronic pain and other physical symptoms, and alleviating the psycho-social and mental problems of patients and their families through the course of the disease to rehabilitation or the end stage.
Our team works closely with attending physicians, patients and carers, from early on in the course of the disease, to provide an integral healthcare approach, help improve the patients’ quality of life and make them happy, and therefore raise life expectancy.
Diseases eligible for palliative care for adults
- Cardiovascular diseases
- Respiratory diseases
- Endocrine disorders
- Urinary diseases
- Rheumatoid or autoimmune diseases
- Neurological diseases
- Cancer & haematologic malignancies in progress, regardless of stage or type of treatment
- Infectious diseases (HIV, infections in immunocompromised patients, septic syndrome, etc.)
- Rare diseases (Lynch syndrome, VHL, enzyme deficiency, hereditary illnesses)
- Patients with co-morbidity/ generalised frail health due to old age (with symptoms and frailty deriving from old age, Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia).
- Children are also often in need of Palliative Care, either when they face problems as newborns, or because of congenital or severe chronic diseases (life-threatening and/or life-limiting).
What we provide:
- Alleviated physical symptoms like: pain, breathing difficulty, reduced appetite, tiredness or fatigue, dry mouth, hiccups, nausea, vomiting, constipation, cough, itching, sleep disorders, and others
- Psychological support
- Supplementary therapies (medical acupuncture, reflexology, mesotherapy, TENS)
- Ongoing communication with patients and their families
Our Palliative Care Treatment Office is manned by members of the academic community specializing in this field. The Team’s head is Ms. Kyriaki Mystakidou, Professor of Palliative Medicine at the School of Medicine of the University of Athens (NKUA).