For People Living with a Serious Illness, and Those Close to Them
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What is Palliative Care?
The term "Palliative Care" (pronounced pal-lee-uh-tiv) comes from the word "palliate" which means to alleviate or reduce suffering.
Palliative Care is specialized medical care for people living with a serious illness.
- The goal is to improve quality of life for the person living with the illness and those close to them.
- It is appropriate at any age and at any stage in a serious illness. It can be provided with treatments meant to cure the illness.
- Care focuses on relief of symptoms and stress.
- A specially-trained team of palliative care doctors, nurses, and other specialists work together with a patient's other doctors to give an extra and layer of support.
- The palliative care team's focus is on the needs of the person living with the illness and their loved ones.