Formerly “Ask a Nurse Practitioner about Pancreatic Cancer Symptoms, Problems, and Concerns”
This web page was part of a research study to assess the effectiveness of online support, nurse practitioner Marian Grant, who answered questions on symptoms, treatments and support for pancreatic cancer patients. This page is now closed to questions/comments, but for a list of previously answered questions by Marian Grant, go to the comments section below.
What is palliative care?
Palliative care is specialized medical care for people with serious illnesses. This type of care is focused on providing patients with relief from the symptoms, pain, and stress of a serious illness - whatever the diagnosis. The goal is to improve quality of life for both the patient and the family. Palliative care is provided by a team of doctors, nurses, and other specialists who work with a patient's other doctors to provide an extra layer of support. Palliative care is appropriate at any age and at any stage in a serious illness, and can be provided together with curative treatment.
What is a nurse practitioner?
A nurse practitioner is a registered nurse with advanced training or a master’s degree in a medical specialty. Nurse practitioners work as primary providers of health care. A nurse practitioner can offer information, education, and other support for people with serious illness and their families.
Palliative care nurse practitioner Marian Grant is certified in palliative care and has a Master’s degree in Nursing from Johns Hopkins University. She has practiced as a palliative care nurse practitioner in one of the Johns Hopkins hospitals. She also has a doctorate in nursing practice degree from the University of Maryland.
Formerly "Ask a Nurse Practitioner about Pancreatic Cancer Symptoms, Problems, and Concerns",