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GUEST: Patti Ketchum of John B. Amos Cancer Center discusses Palliative Care

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The John B. Amos Cancer Center in Columbus, Ga. hosts a Cancer Education Series on the fourth Monday of each month for patients, family members, and communities who are coping with the life issues that come along with the fight against cancer.

Patti Ketchum, Patient Education Coordinator for the John B. Amos Cancer Center, says the next session that will meet on Monday, August 26, at noon, will focus on palliative care.

"Palliative care is a form of comfort care given to our patients to improve their quality of life when they have been diagnosed with a serious or life-threatening illness," says Ketchum.

She explains that palliative care differs from hospice care in that it begins at the time of diagnosis and continues through treatment and beyond. Hospice care is comfort care given when traditional cancer therapies have stopped working.

Ketchum recommends that cancer patients talk to their doctors and ask for palliative care specialists' names.  

"The Patient Education Series is guiding and educating our patients, as well as their family members, because this is a serious and life-threatening illness," says Ketchum. "You don't have to be one of our patients at the Amos Cancer Center to attend one of these sessions."

There will be light refreshments at the session. Reservations are accepted, but not required.

For more information, contact the John B. Amos Cancer Center at 706-571-1917, or visit the Classes & Events page of their website.

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