Palliative care is the medical specialty focused on relief of the pain, stress and other debilitating symptoms of a serious illness. The goal is to relieve suffering and provide the best possible quality of life for patients and their families.
Palliative care relieves symptoms such as pain, fatigue, nausea, loss of appetite and difficulty sleeping. It helps patients gain the strength to carry on with daily life, it improves their ability to tolerate medical treatments and helps them better understand their choices for care. Overall, palliative care offers patients and their families the best possible quality of life during their illness.