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Understanding Palliative Care

Updated: Dec 7, 2020



It is important to understand the difference between hospice and palliative care. While they represent similar kinds of treatment, they impact different kinds of patients. Understanding their difference can help you make informed decisions for yourself or a loved one.

Palliative care is for patients of any age and at any stage of a serious illness or chronic condition (Center to Advance Palliative Care). If you or a loved one was recently diagnosed with cancer, for example, palliative care might be a good option. Its goal is to improve health, treat symptoms, and increase comfort through a holistic and interdisciplinary approach to treatment. Ultimately, the hope is to relieve the burden of long-term and/or advance illness.