Palliative care is specialized health care for people living with a serious illness.
This type of care is focused on providing relief from the symptoms and stress
of a serious illness. The goal is to improve quality of life for both
the patient and the family.
Palliative care is provided by a specially-trained team of physicians,
nurses, and other specialists who work together with a
patient’s other doctors to provide an extra layer of support. It is
appropriate at any age and at any stage in a serious illness,
and it can be provided along with curative treatment.
It is important to note that palliative care is based on need, not prognosis.
Reference: Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC)