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how are palliative and hospice care different?

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Dr. Sewa Legha
49 years experience Medical Oncology
Overlapping definiti: Palliative care is symptom control to reduce suffering of cancer patients anytime during their treatment. Hospice care is symptom relief as an end of life care, done when cancer is no longer curable and patient is near the end of his/her life due to very advanced stage of cancer.
Answered on Jul 25, 2014
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Dr. Ilana Newman
25 years experience Palliative Care
Palliative care treats difficult to control symptoms in patients with advanced cancer & other life-limiting conditions such as end-stage heart/lung/liver/kidney/nerve diseases. Goals of care are often also discussed. Hospice is a kind of palliative care - the patient is expected to live 6 months or less and decides to focus on comfort and quality of life instead of treatment to try to be cured
Jul 25, 2014
Dr. Ilana Newman
25 years experience Palliative Care
They are different: Palliative care treats difficult to control symptoms in patients with advanced cancer & other life-limiting conditions such as end-stage heart/lung/liver/kidney/nerve diseases. Goals of care are often also discussed. Hospice is a kind of palliative care - the patient is expected to live 6 months or less and decides to focus on comfort and quality of life instead of treatment to try to be cured
Answered on Mar 15, 2015
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Dr. Carlos Encarnacion
34 years experience Medical Oncology
Very true. They are both very important aspects of cancer care and very often underused.
Sep 12, 2014
Dr. Dean Giannone
24 years experience Internal Medicine
They're the same.: Hospice is meant for those who seemingly at the end of life, although that end can still be many months away. The emphasis of hospice care is not trying to save the life, but to give comfort to the individual as their death approaches.
Answered on Feb 4, 2015
Dr. William Kirsh
35 years experience Family Medicine
Yes Difference!: Many people still think that palliative care means hospice care. But today, hospice is only a small part of palliative care.The goal of palliative care is to prevent or treat the symptoms and side effects of a disease; and it should be part of the picture from the first day a serious illness is diagnosed. Go to www.vitas.com
Answered on May 29, 2016
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Dr. Lynne Weixel
35 years experience Clinical Psychology
Thanks for asking. Thanks for answering! Spread the word! Too many misconstrue palliative care. Even Hospice can be begun, ended, rebegun as often as needed and during it - other medical needs than the untreatable condition will be fully addressed, even surgery for a treatable issue is done. It's not a ticking clock till death.
Feb 3, 2015

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