Report Says Michigan Needs Better Palliative Care For Cancer Patients

Aug 7, 2017

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(MPRN-Lansing) A report says Michigan’s healthcare system does not do as well as other states in providing complete care for people with cancer. An American Cancer Society report is suggesting for what’s called patient-centered treatment. 

The report says Michigan doesn’t have the tools in place to meet the demand for palliative care. That means specialized medical care that focuses on all patient needs – from physical to emotional.

Andrew Schepers is with the American Cancer Society. He says the organization wants the governor to create a commission to send recommendations to the Legislature.

“To really make Michigan a state that is on the forefront of palliative care rather than kind of lagging behind everybody else.”

Schepers says more education and training in palliative care would be a good start.