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

comfort care

(KUM-furt kayr)

Care given to improve the quality of life of patients who have a serious or life-threatening disease. The goal of comfort 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 palliative care, supportive care, and symptom management.



Coping with Cancer: Supportive and Palliative Care