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BMC to launch free palliative care for cancer patients
By: PPAO
Wednesday, 02 November 2011
CITY OF MALOLOS- In partnership with PALCARE Hospice Foundation Inc., the Provincial Government of Bulacan (PGB) headed by Gov. Wilhelmino M. Sy-Alvarado will launch the Palliative Care Unit in Bulacan Medical Center (BMC) on Thursday, November 3, 2011 at 1:00 in the afternoon, this city.

Located at the 3rd floor of BMC, the said unit will serve the out-patient cancer patients who are beyond cure but need palliative care for better quality of life.

The said palliative care unit will provide services like home visits which offer companionship, spiritual and family counseling, bedside care, management of pain and other distressing symptoms and medical assistance such as lending of medical equipment, consultations, blood donation for cancer patients and provision of medicines.

Among the patients that may be referred to PALCARE are those with advanced cancer with mestasis to the bones, lungs, bladder, etc; needing relief from distressing symptom and complication of cancer; patients that need support to help them live as actively as possible; and those whose families need support system during the patients’ illness.

To avail of the said services, the following requirements are to be submitted: referral letter from Barangay Captain and Barangay Certificate of Indigency; referral from Palcare partner organizations; treatment protocol; pathology reports and other lab works such as MRI, ultra-sound, CT scan, etc.

Governor Alvarado said indigent cancer patients will be well taken care of due to the complete medical staff that will attend to them.

“May isang hospice nurse, apat (4) na registered volunteer nurses, at isang hospice administrator ang titingin sa ating mga out-patient cancer patients. Twice a week, an out-patient doctor will check the patients,” added PALCARE Hospice Foundation Inc. Executive Director Josie Nubla.

Aside from Gov. Alvarado, palliative care guest doctors Dr. Jan Maree Davis and Dr. Ghauri Aggarwal from Australia will grace the event.

Prior to the said unit, last July, the PGB launched the oncology unit for cancer patients in BMC.

“Hindi na kailangan pang gumastos sa pribadong ospital o ‘di kaya ay dumayo sa Maynila dahil meron na tayong oncology unit dito mismo sa ating lalawigan,” said Gov. Alvarado.

Palcare Hospice Foundation, Inc. was established in 2008, a non-profit, non-stock organization composed of doctors, nurses, cancer survivors, volunteers and other people from all walks of life who have the heart to share their time, talents and experience to assist patients suffering from cancer. ###

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