Palliative care is a form of care that helps a person have the best possible quality of life as his or her cancer progresses. The focus of palliative care is not on dying. Instead the focus is on living each remaining day as fully as possible.
The following are the main goals of palliative care:
To relieve pain and other symptoms
To help improve emotional, mental and spiritual well-being
To support the family members of the person who has cancer during his or her illness and after his or her death
Palliative care involves a partnership between the person who has cancer, his or her family and friends, and the members of the health care team. This team may include the services of a doctor, nurse, social worker, counselor and spiritual advisor.