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Facing an advanced illness can be overwhelming on many levels. Palliative medicine can help by easing pain and managing complex symptoms.

What is palliative medicine?

Palliative medicine focuses on providing relief from the complex symptoms, pain and stress of a serious illness. The goal is to improve the quality of life for both you and your family.

What is the difference between palliative medicine and hospice?

Palliative medicine is NOT the same as hospice care. Palliative medicine can be provided at any age and at any stage of a serious illness. It can be offered at the same time you are being cared for and will not disrupt your treatment plan. Palliative medicine is available for patients regardless of life expectancy.

Hospice cares for patients who are diagnosed with terminal illnesses with a six month or less prognosis and are no longer seeking curative treatment.

How does palliative medicine help?

Palliative medicine addresses the whole person. It helps you carry on with your daily life and improve your ability to go through medical treatments. It also helps you better understand your condition and your choices for medical care. In short, palliative medicine helps you focus on the best possible quality of life.

Palliative medicine can help you get relief from symptoms such as pain, shortness of breath, fatigue, constipation, nausea, loss of appetite and difficulty sleeping.

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