Palliative care is the care given to someone with a serious or life threatening disease such as advanced prostate or lung cancer. It is also called Comfort Care
The goals of palliative care include:
Treating and preventing symptoms such as pain, nausea, fatigue and other physical symptoms caused by cancer or its treatment
Treating a patient’s emotional and social needs
Addressing a patient’s spiritual needs or concerns
Addressing a patient’s practical needs, such as transportation and financial concerns
Providing support for the patient’s family, friends, and caregiver
Cure is not the goal with palliative care, it is to provide the best support and comfort until the end of the patient’s life.
End of life care is that care and support rendered in the final hours of a patient’s life. It focus on treating the final symptoms that near death present by administering the appropriate pain therapy support, practical comfort care and compassionate care.