Palliative care is provided in order to improve the quality of life of patients who have a chronic, life-threatening disease, such as cancer. Palliative care is also referred as comfort care, supportive care, and symptom management.
The main objective is to prevent and relief, as early as possible, the symptoms and side effects of the disease and its treatment, in addition to any problems including physical, psychosocial and spiritual.
- provides relief from pain and other distressing symptoms;
- affirms life and regards dying as a normal process;
- intends neither to hasten or postpone death;
- integrates the psychological and spiritual aspects of patient care;
- offers a support system to help patients live as actively as possible until death;
- offers a support system to help the family cope during the patients illness and in their own bereavement;
- uses a team approach to address the needs of patients and their families, including bereavement counselling, if indicated;
- will enhance quality of life, and may also positively influence the course of illness;
- is applicable early in the course of illness, in conjunction with other therapies that are intended to prolong life, such as chemotherapy or
- radiation therapy, and includes those investigations needed to better understand and manage distressing clinical complications.
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