When he was 10 years old, Hsien Seow’s mother died of cancer after struggling with the illness for four years. But not surprisingly, she wasn’t the only one who struggled — the entire family was affected. They took the end -of-life journey, with its many ups and downs, together — feeling very much alone as they navigated the system. While the doctors did concentrate on her illness and treatments, they didn’t prepare the patient and the family for what lay ahead. Today Hsien Seow is Associate Professor, McMaster University, Department of Oncology, Cancer Care Ontario, Research Chair. He believes passionately that it is possible to improve how patients, and their families, live with serious diseases. His recently-completed research studies, the results of which are outlined in this Change Guide, show just how promising the future can be. It offers valuable information and useful tools to help you avoid the myths, missteps or pitfalls others have encountered. The hope is, it will help you understand how to build a better regional hospice palliative care system in your community.
This Change Guide is for regional planners, health care providers, policymakers, the public.
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