Palliative Care

Many of these treatments are performed through an intervention and continue at home, keeping patients from experiencing pain.

  • Costamed provides the prescriptions’ and medicines’ service, a 24/7 pharmacy, doctors and nurses to where the patient is staying or to his/her home. 

Some examples of diseases that at some point require palliative care more frequently are:

  1. Cancer.
  2. Acquired Immunodeficiency syndrome (HIV/AIDS).
  3. Advanced heart diseases.
  4. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
  5. Chronic renal disease (end-stage renal disease)
  6. Advanced neurological diseases or for which there is no treatment yet, like with most dementias (such as Alzheimer’s)

Main symptoms or discomfort on which palliative care is focused:

  1. Pain control.
  2. Treatment for depression.
  3. Anxiety management.
  4. Treatment of delirium (an acute state of confusion characterized by high inattentiveness, inconsistency in the line of thought, altered consciousness and disorganized thinking).
  5. Fatigue.
  6. Dyspnea (shortness of breath).
  7. Insomnia.
  8. Nausea.
  9. Constipation.
  10. Diarrhea
  11. Anorexia (lack of appetite).
  12. Dealing with the disease (aspects related to coping with the disease, understanding it, patient’s explanation to the family and stress which can be led to by the whole situation).
  13. Social aspects (and impact of the symptoms upon patient’s care and the family situation at the time).

Cancer pain is often treated with oral medication and analgesic techniques such as relaxation and exercise. Sometimes these options cause side effects or do not alleviate the pain. If that is the case, the doctor may prescribe interventional pain therapy such as an intrathecal infusion pump. The option for the treatment depends on specific needs: the type and severity of pain, as well as the pain treatment response. Not all can be applied to the type of pain.

Our Doctors

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Dr. Joel Rodríguez Díaz


Area of Expertise: Cranial base, peripheral nerve specialty

  • General Practice License: 678698
  • Specialization License: AECEM-14150
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Dr. Eduardo Rubio Ruiz

Anesthesiology, Pain Clinic Director

  • General Practice License: 3736850
  • Specialization License: 7440295
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Dra. Sandra Marlith González Moreno


  • General Practice License: 7514456
  • Specialization License: 10624974

Where to Do It?

Medical Group Costamed Locations
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