What is Palliative Care?

 

Palliative care is a type of specialized care for people with chronic, serious illnesses. It helps to improve quality of life for both the patient and their family by focusing on assisting with relief from various symptoms and easing the stress that comes along with having a chronic illness.

 

Palliative care is an underutilized program which is appropriate at any age and at any stage in any serious illness. It can be provided along with curative treatments. The palliative care team works together with a patient’s other doctors to provide an extra layer of support for patients and families. The palliative care team includes doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals.