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A 37-year-old member asked:

Wht is palliative care?

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Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Radiation Oncology 48 years experience
Palliation means: Symptom relief. Moreover, if there are good chances of cure or aims at cure, controlling symptoms can still be a part, but one high hope and resonable odds run out, re-focus on care and comfort replacing futile efforts, with high monetary and physical costs.
Dr. Reid Blackwelder
Family Medicine 38 years experience
Symptom relief &more: I agree with dr turrisi that palliative care specifically refers to care addressing symptom relief. This can be for pain, nausea, and even such things as spiritual or emotional distress. It is often associated with end of life care, but it does not have to be; however, consulting with a palliative care specialist can help patients and families address those big decisions proactively.

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What is palliative care?

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Dr. Maya Porrino
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Pain control: Palliative care is care that addresses pain and suffering. It is comfort care. It does not seek to cure disease.

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