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what is the definition or description of: palliative?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Won't cure: Some diseases are curable, but others can only be treated symptomatically. Especially in the management of cancer for which cure or a good remission is no longer possible, palliative care is given to make the patient comfortable and able to function as well as possible. Good palliative care takes as much or more skill as aggressive treatment of most disease.
Dr. Allan Hawryluk
Dentistry 19 years experience
Serving to Palliate: Palliative care is treatment focused on reducing the suffering of an individual rather than curing an underlying disease.
Dr. Dean Giannone
Internal Medicine 25 years experience
Palliative care. : Palliative care places less emphasis on the aggressive treatment of medical issues and more emphasis on keeping the patient with those medical issues as comfortable as possible. Usually meant for patients with terminal,'incurable medical issues.

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A 21-year-old member asked:

What is palliative therapy?

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Dr. Latisha Smith
Wound care 38 years experience
Unable to cure: When a disease has reached a stage where it is not able to be cured with any intervention, and it is eventually fatal, palliative care is done. The palliation of a disease involves treating the associated problems like pain, swelling, weakness, without being able to resolve the underlying problem.
A 46-year-old member asked:

Is palliative sedation ethically different from active euthanasia?

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Dr. Brett Noorda
Dentistry 25 years experience
Absolutely: Palliative sedation preserves life and maintains the opportunity for a cure to be found to whatever disease/problem the patient has. Euthanasia ends life and is irreversible, regardless of what medical advances occur thereafter. Ethically, there is a huge difference for a healthcare provider. The perspective and desire of the patient may be different, however, and that must be taken into account.
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A 25-year-old male asked:

What is palliative medicine? What doctor do in it?

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Dr. Howard Schneider
Pediatric Dentistry 34 years experience
Palliative medicine: Means treating the symptoms of a condition in order to make the patient feel more comfortable while the partiular condition runs its course and resolves on its own. The common cold is a good example. We can not cure it, but we can give the patient medicine to make them feel better while the cold resolves on its own.
Dr. Ilana Newman
Palliative Care 26 years experience
Palliative medicine treats difficult to manage symptoms in patients with life limiting conditions (cancer and other advanced diseases)
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A 39-year-old member asked:

Could a pallative care specialist know whether "most people" that are in the final?

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Dr. Jeffrey Mandel
Palliative Care 49 years experience
Sometimes, nit alway: PC doctors see more very I'll patients and may have very good prognostic skills, but no one gets it right all the time. End of life can be a variable amount of time for any one patient.
A 34-year-old member asked:

How can a palliative approach to care differ from other types of care?

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Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 39 years experience
It's comfort care...: The clear distinction of palliative versus curative care is that the former reduces the severity of suffering by alleviating symptoms without curing the underlying disease (which is typically incurable or end stage by the time a palliative approach is adopted).

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