RI gov. signs bill expanding care for seriously ill

Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee signed into law a bill expanding palliative care for seriously ill patients.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Governor Lincoln Chafee Tuesday signed a bill that expands care options for seriously ill patients in Rhode Island.

Palliative care is specialized medial care that focuses on relief from pain, stress and other symptoms of treatment for a serious disease like cancer. Research shows patients who receive palliative care have reduced symptoms, less pain and nausea, and live a longer life.

The new law establishes a state advisory council on palliative care and quality of life, as well as palliative care consumer and professional information and education program and access initiative.

“Palliative care is about treating the whole patient, not only the disease, but also the physical and psychological consequences of treatment. This is key to both extending life and enhancing the quality of time gained,” said Susan Roberts, American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network.

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