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Wht is palliative care?

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Dr. Andrew Turrisi answered

Specializes in Radiation Oncology

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.

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Dr. Reid Blackwelder answered

Specializes in Family Medicine

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.

Answered Jan 24, 2016

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