What is palliative care?

Traditional palliative care can be given at any time during the course of an illness and in conjunction with curative and aggressive treatments. Palliative care differs from hospice care in that hospice care is given when treatments are no longer available to bring about a cure and is usually assigned within the last six months of life. Palliative care is a medical specialty that focuses on relieving pain, symptoms, and stress of a life-threatening illness and improving quality of life. It is appropriate at any point in an illness.

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