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wht is palliative care?

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Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Radiation Oncology 47 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 37 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
Family Medicine 16 years experience
Pain control: Palliative care is care that addresses pain and suffering. It is comfort care. It does not seek to cure disease.
A 43-year-old member asked:

Whats palliative care?

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Dr. Keith Stockerl-Goldstein
Hematology and Oncology 30 years experience
Relieve symptoms: Palliative care refers to medical care typically used for patients with terminal illness with a focus on relieving symptoms, pain and stress rather than a focus on curing the underlying medical problem.
Dr. Alan Faustino
Internal Medicine 26 years experience
This usually involves a team approach and also help a loved ones coped with the effects of end stage illness
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A 31-year-old member asked:

What's the difference between a curative and a palliative treatment course?

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Dr. Foster Carr
General Practice 33 years experience
Disease vs Symptom: The curative course treats the underlying disease with the goal of a cure. The palliative treatment course treats the underlying symtpom with the goal of symptom relief.
A 38-year-old member asked:

How do you receive palliative care? Ask?

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Dr. David Rosenfeld
Pain Management 27 years experience
Ask: I would certainly hope that if one was at an end of life state that it would be offered or suggested, if not...Ask.
A 45-year-old member asked:

How do you get palliative care?

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Dr. William Newton
Pain Management 19 years experience
By referral: There are likely local physicians in your area the specialize in palliative care. Check with your pcp or oncologist if your are dealing with cancer.

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