Palliative care relieves the side effects and symptoms of an illness, but does not replace your primary care for the illness. Its goal is to make you comfortable and improve your quality of life.
Palliative care focuses on minimizing the life draining symptoms of cancer—the physical pain and the nausea and fatigue often caused by cancer and treatments like chemotherapy. Having an illness like cancer can also lead to depression and anxiety.
- Improves communication between the patient and health care providers.
- Opens discussions about treatment options and symptom management so the patient is more involved.
- Relieves pain and discomfort from symptoms such as nausea and shortness of breath.
- Improves coordination of care with health care providers, the patient and family.
- Meets the emotional needs of the patient.
- Provides for the spiritual needs of the patient.