Adult Palliative Care

Sometimes treatment does not work. Sometimes it makes you so ill, you have to stop for a little while. When that happens, your doctors will want to make sure you are as comfortable as possible and they may suggest palliative care.

Palliative care helps relieve symptoms, but will not cure the disease. It helps control your symptoms so you can live your life as fully as possible. Sometimes, you may need palliative care for a little while to let your body gain strength to resume treatments. Some studies in lung cancer have shown that when palliative care is added to cancer therapies, patients live longer.

If your cancer is terminal, you may need palliative care to relieve pain and let you live your life on your own terms until your death.

Some people use the terms “palliative care” and “hospice care” interchangeably. Here, we distinguish between the two. We believe palliative care can help those who eventually will succeed against cancer as well as those who will not.  

 

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