Symptoms describe how you are feeling. They can be physical complaints or treatment side effects, such as pain or nausea. They can also be emotional or spiritual changes, such as anxiety or depression.
Other concerns come from the day-to-day impact of cancer on your overall wellbeing.
You should complete a symptom assessment questionnaire before every clinic appointment. A member of your cancer care team should talk to you about your symptoms and other concerns every time you visit the hospital. If you are not asked about your symptoms, point out your symptom scores when you talk with your cancer care team. This will make sure you are working together to help manage your symptoms.
You may be asked to visit a Palliative Care Clinic for help you with your symptoms and other concerns. Palliative care is an approach that focuses on relieving symptoms and other concerns identified by you and your family. The Palliative Care Clinic has specialized nurses and doctors who work closely with social workers, registered dieticians, spiritual care providers, physiotherapists, trained volunteers and more to provide you with support. At the Palliative Care Clinic, your cancer care team will prescribe you medications or teach you techniques that will help you feel better.
You can also make an appointment with a social worker for help with emotional, financial, or practical (day-to-day) concerns. To make an appointment, contact us.