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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.

  • Palliative care is appropriate for patients who need help with pain, symptoms, suffering or distress at any stage of illness.
  • Palliative care affirms life by supporting the patient and family’s goals and hopes; palliative care neither hastens nor postpones death.
  • Palliative care is an approach to treatment that emphasizes patients’ goals and seeks to provide for comfort and quality of life.
  • Palliative care promotes dignity throughout the course of illness, the dying process, and death.
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