Palliative, or supportive care, is aimed at relieving suffering and improving quality of life. It’s focused on helping patients get relief from symptoms caused by serious illness—things like nausea, pain, fatigue, or shortness of breath. It’s commonly treatment given along with cancer treatment, but it is better known for its role in promoting comfort when aggressive treatment is no longer working.
Palliative or Supportive Care
Palliative care (or supportive care) is care that focuses on relieving symptoms caused by serious illnesses like cancer. It can be given at any point during a person’s illness to help them feel more comfortable. The information here will help you learn more about palliative care, sometimes also called supportive care.
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The site is provided by the Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC). CAPC provides health care professionals with the tools, training and technical assistance necessary to start and sustain successful palliative care programs in hospitals and other health care settings.