How are palliative and hospice care different?

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.
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.
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.
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.

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What is the difference between hospice care and palliative care? Pt has been under hospice over 6 months so what could be happening?

Below. One qualifies for hospice once doctors guess that survival is 6 months or less, but we aren't very good at guessing right, so sometimes patients are in hospice for longer than 6 months. To go to hospice, one must stop some aggressive treatments and opt for comfort measures. Palliative care can be given to hospice patients or together with aggressive treatments. Feel free to consult me to discuss. Read more...

If it happens, how soon after the start of chemo and radiation can a doctor stop treatments for palliative leading to hospice care?

Hospice. This may occur at any time, depending upon the likelihood that the patient is going to benefit substantially from the chemo/rads. If the patient decides that they have had enough treatment then referral to hospice is quite appropriate. Too often patients have hopes that are not in accordance with the likelihood of response. They need to discuss this with the oncologist. Read more...

In general, what can be some treatment options, besides palliative hospice care, for stage 4 pancreas cancer and extensive liver mets?

Recommend chemothera. There are more than one chemotherapy options. Seek advice from a medical oncologist. A combination of Gemcitabine and Nab Paclitaxel is one recently approved treatment regimen. Other drug regimens like FOLFERINOX are also commonly used. Read more...

What are different types of hospice care?

See below. Hospice can be done at home with caregiver present, inpatient hospice at the local hospital for acute management only or respite or nursing home while the loved one has a long term care placement or respite. The level of care is depend on the severity of symptoms, meaning that more care is needed with worsening of symptoms and actively dying. Read more...
4types-based on need. Hospice care differs between hospices - important to ask. Hospice is generally provided to patients in their own home, (house or nursing home). This is called "routine" hospice care. Respite hospice - when patients are in a nursing home for up to 2 weeks. When suffering is bad there are 2 types: continuous care -nurse is at bedside of patient for up to 3 days. Inpatient hospice - in hospital or nh. Read more...
It's the same... The philosophy of hospice care is the same no matter where the patient is. It's an expert team focusing on quality of life while addressing the physical, social, spiritual and psychologic needs of the patient with an end-stage diagnosis. Hospice care can take place in the home, a hospital, nursing home, board & care or assisted living. Read more...
All palliative. Hospice care can be delivered in hospital, at home or in a nursing facility. It's always palliative/comfort guided. Read more...