Palliative care

As unfortunate as it might sound, some patients undergoing treatment will have to face the grim reality that their cancer might not be cured. It is not an easy reality to come to grips with either for the patient or her family. While doctors might continue to find alternative ways of tackling the disease, it might be an important time for the patient and her family to decide if they would rather focus on alleviating symptoms than the disease.

Palliative care is a branch of medicine that focuses on symptom relief and comfort. It is designed to improve the quality of life of patients and their families, by providing pain and symptom relief, spiritual and psychosocial support from diagnosis to the end of life and bereavement. It is a broad multidisciplinary approach that involves the family and the community around the patient. It can be provided relatively simply and inexpensively using resources at ones disposal. Palliative care can be provided at hospitals, health centres and even at a patient’s home.

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