Oncology / Palliative Care Team
The interdisciplinary oncology and palliative care team shares a common goal: improve the survival rate and quality of life of the patients. The interdisciplinary team makes decisions that allow greater cohesion of the interventions and the personnel in responding to the various and complex needs of the patients. Every member of the team adopts the care philosophy of the institution and more specifically of the fight against cancer, and shares a mission and a common vision in the therapeutic actions to be taken. In addition, the joint efforts in the various examinations and contributions allow an integrated and undivided vision of the diagnostic, treatment and support possibilities to be presented to the person with cancer.
Palliative care is a whole set of active and comprehensive care given to people with an illness with a poor prognosis. They are introduced in two phases:
The period when the illness is evolving slowly and when curative treatments have, for the most part, been abandoned.
A frequently unstable clinical condition causing a rapid loss of autonomy.
To respond to these needs, palliative care brings together the following services: outpatient oncology and palliative care clinic, homecare, accommodation facilities, palliative care hospices, and the medical and palliative care units of the Laurentian Hospital.
The choice to remain at home to end one’s life can be respected provided that certain criteria are met and choices are made taking into account the needs. A stay in the medical and palliative care unit is the last resort.
To ensure a continuity of care offered to the person at the end of life, an interdisciplinary team is in place to facilitate the transition through the various services offered.
The hospital has a hospitalization unit with 4 private rooms in order to offer end-of-life palliative care. It is a mixed unit, welcoming patients in palliative care for the pre-terminal, terminal and medical phases. The unit has its own team dedicated to caring for the 10 patients in the unit. The team works across disciplines, notably with doctors, professional counsellors, outside religious services and volunteers.