PALLIATIVE MEDICINE - BEYOND ADVANCED CANCER CARE
Nowadays, medicine has the same value and meaning, and is answerable to the same formidable requirements it has always been. Medicine must soothe, heal, prevent and limit the spread of disease. A physician has the opportunity to live inspiring moments while brings the very sick patients again to life and these rare moments will uplift him in the most difficult situations. In some specialties, such moments could repeat more often as in surgery, emergency medicine and sometimes in cardiology or neurology. In the majority of time, the practicing physician has to deal with chronic diseases, some of them which aggravate and complicate itself, ultimately conducting to organ failures and a very poor quality of life. Moreover, due to the success of medicine in preventing some diseases, in treatment of infectious diseases and in effective treatment of ischemic heart disease, diabetes mellitus etc. people live much longer, and experience new problems related to advanced age (1). Death, the termination of life is seen as a disease and drained by any spiritual meaning. Twenty-one century medicine is dealing with termination of life problems, with the emerging “assisted suicide” solution for the difficulties related to advanced diseases and advanced age and with a huge pressure on health system done by chronic advanced diseases with low quality of life and disability (2). New rules, new laws, new concepts are required to respond to new approaches and needs. A different health system organization is needed.
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