Palliative Care at Home for Stomach Cancer Patient
Srilatha Gets Diagnosed with Stomach Cancer
Srilatha, a 49 years old lady, was diagnosed with stomach cancer with stage 4 malignancy. While she was undergoing her treatment with an onco-specialist in Bangalore, she was suffering with severe side effects. She complained of abdominal pain, nausea, vomits, and body pains. She was unable to consume anything orally and was put on intravenous fluids.
The lack of proper food consumption was making Srilatha weak. Although she was able to walk initially with minimal support, she was slowly losing physical strength which worried her specialist and kin. It also added to Srilatha’s distress.
Srilatha’s oncologist believed that she needed some home care service that would offer symptom relief and improve her quality of life.
Ubiqare’s Palliative Care at Home Program Offers Symptom Relief
Our team met up with Srilatha’s family and the oncologist to understand her condition. Srilatha’s inability to consume food and loss of stamina was a primary concern.
Our discussions with the oncologist led to the decision of making endoscopy assisted Ryle’s tube insertion for her nutritional support. Although it was a little difficult due to constriction by the growth, the procedure was accomplished successfully at first attempt in the hospital.
After Srilatha was brought home with the tube inserted, we assigned a dedicated Care Doctor to her. Our Care Doctor then followed the protocol defined by the oncologist and initiated RT feeds for her. Our Care Doctor monitored her condition closely to see how her body adjusted to the RT feeds. Regular audio-video calls (including follow-up visits) were made between Srilatha’s family caregivers and our Care Doctor using our telehealth platform. Srilatha’s vitals and daily condition was updated in the platform and made available to her oncologist who also monitored her progress.
Ubiqare’s telehealth platform combined with home healthcare expertise extended Srilatha’s specialist care at home. The coordinated efforts of our team and extension of specialist protocol led to improvement in her condition.
Srilatha is now able to tolerate moderate amount of RT feeds. She is also completely off intravenous fluids and injections.
Our digital platform has enabled the oncologist to care for his patient without requiring hospital admission. Extension of his care protocol has led to better patient outcome.
Improvement in Srilatha’s condition has provided a lot of relief to her family caregivers as well. Seeing her getting comfortable physically has provided them emotional comfort.