Finding new hopes with palliative care for endometrial cancer (Linda’s story)

In this video, Linda B. talks about learning that palliative care would extend her quality of life when her endometrial cancer reoccurred

Watch as Linda talks about being diagnosed with stage 4 endometrial cancer two and a half years before, and how with its recurrence she learned that palliative care can increase her quality of life for as long as her life is.

She also talks about taking control by writing her will and visiting the cremation centre. She explains she is trying to take the burden from her family and that’s why they had a meeting with a social worker at the hospital. She also shares how her hopes have changed, and she now hopes for good days and living longer than six months.

Linda is 57 years old. She was diagnosed with endometrial cancer in January of 2010. This interview takes place in 2012.

I’m hopeful that I’ll have good days. I’m hopeful that I’ll have good times with friends and with family. I’m hopeful that even though I am palliative and know that my journey is going to end sooner than I would have liked it to end, that perhaps there may be a chance of some small periods of remission.

Watch the video of Linda B. talking about finding new hopes with palliative care

The Partnership’s Person-Centred Perspective initiative is committed to improving the patient experience. We are working with partners across Canada to find the best ways to offer a person-centred perspective throughout a person’s cancer journey and to help information flow throughout. The impact of a cancer diagnosis goes far beyond the physical disease. It affects every aspect of a person’s life. The initiative has focused on reporting about the patient experience, and giving health-care providers patient-centred tools and resources, which have been validated and standardized.

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