Palliative and Supportive Care allows people with Diseases to enhance their quality of life in a way that is meaningful to them. It also supports families and careers in their adjustments to some of the lifestyle changes they may have to face. Palliative care is comfort care given to a patient who has a serious or life-threatening disease, such as cancer, from the time of diagnosis and throughout the course of illness. It is usually provided by a specialist who works with a team of other health care professionals, such as doctors, nurses, registered dieticians, pharmacists, and social workers. Palliative care is different from hospice care. Although they share the same principles of comfort and support, palliative care begins at diagnosis and continues during cancer treatment and beyond. Hospitals, cancer centers, and long-term care facilities provide palliative care. Patients can also receive it at home. Physicians and local hospitals can provide the names of palliative care or symptom management specialists. Palliative care addresses the emotional, physical, practical, and spiritual issues of cancer. Family members may also receive palliative care. Research shows that palliative care improves the quality of life of patients and family members, as well as the physical and emotional symptoms of cancer and its treatment.
Last date updated on July, 2014