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Helping Those With Serious Illnesses Deal with Stress and All the Other Issues that Come with a Diagnosis

On Aug. 27 here in Houston, the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACSCAN) will host its first Texas Cancer Policy forum dedicated to educating patients, providers and the public about palliative care. Palliative care is specialized care for patients with severe illnesses focused on helping them deal with the pain, stress and symptoms of […]

On Aug. 27 here in Houston, the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACSCAN) will host its first Texas Cancer Policy forum dedicated to educating patients, providers and the public about palliative care.

Palliative care is specialized care for patients with severe illnesses focused on helping them deal with the pain, stress and symptoms of that illness — not just the illness iteself.

We learn about palliative care and why patients, providers, and even insurers are engaged in considering whether and how to expand it, from Dr. Sandra Gomez, a palliative care specialist with Memorial Hermann's Physician Network.

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Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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