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Glossary: palliative care, Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota

palliative care

(PA-lee-uh-tiv kayr)

Care given to improve the quality of life of patients who have a serious or life-threatening disease. The goal of palliative care is to prevent or treat as early as possible the symptoms of a disease, side effects caused by treatment of a disease, and psychological, social, and spiritual problems related to a disease or its treatment. Also called comfort care, supportive care, and symptom management.

2002-12-21

2008-03-11

Coping with Cancer: Supportive and Palliative Care