Palliative care is the medical specialty focused on relief of the pain, stress and other debilitating symptoms of serious illness, including cancer. The goal is to relieve suffering and provide the best possible quality of life for patients and their families.
How Palliative Care Helps
Palliative care relieves symptoms such as:
- Shortness of breath
- Loss of appetite
- Difficulty sleeping
Palliative care helps patients gain the strength to carry on with daily life, and improves their ability to tolerate medical treatments. It can also help them better understand their choices for care. Overall, palliative care offers patients the best possible quality of life during their illness. Care also encompasses recognition that comfort and psycho-social/emotional support of the patient and their family are essential.
Speak with your physician if you think you could benefit from Palliative Care.