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What is palliative care?

En español | “Palliative care (pronounced pal-lee-uh-tiv) is specialized medical care for people with serious illnesses.  It focuses on providing people with relief from the symptoms and stress of a serious illness.  The goal is to improve quality of life for both the person and the family.


Palliative care is provided by a specially trained team of doctors, nurses, social workers, and other specialists who work together with the individual’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 can be provided along with curative treatment.

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