Facing a serious illness can be stressful for both the patient and their loved ones.

However, bolstered with the right support like palliative care, patients and their families can still enjoy a good quality of life.

A palliative care team can help patients:

  1. Relieve their symptoms,

  2. Help them better understand their diagnosis

  3. Identify appropriate treatment options for them, and

  4. Support their ability to cope with the illness, amongst others.

But how do you know if palliative care is right for you and your loved one?

For this "Ask the Specialist" Q&A forum, Dr Loo Yu Xian, Director of SingHealth Community Hospitals’ (SCH) Supportive and Palliative Care Service, will answer your questions about palliative care such as:

  • What does palliative care entail?

  • What are its benefits?

  • What options are available out there?

  • What are some tips caregivers can adopt when caring for a palliative patient, and more

This 'Ask the Specialist' forum has closed. Thank you for your interest and participation.


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About Dr Loo Yu Xian

Dr Loo Yu Xian is the Head of Service & Consultant of the Department of Post-Acute and Continuing Care (PACC) at Outram Community Hospital (OCH), and the Director of SingHealth Community Hospitals (SCH) Supportive and Palliative Care Service.

In his current roles, Dr Loo supports the planning and development of PACC services in OCH to provide a seamless and complete care plan for patients and caregivers, and contributes meaningfully to the delivery of thoughtful and compassionate end-of-life care for palliative patients.

He is also currently the Inpatient Hospice Palliative Care Service (IHPCS) lead in SCH, and the Co-Director for the Community Partnership domain within SingHealth Duke-NUS Supportive and Palliative Care Centre.

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