Palliative Care

The goal of palliative care is to relieve symptoms and improve quality of life for people with cancer. Patients with all stages and types of cancer may receive palliative care. A medication given to control nausea during chemotherapy, for example, is a form of palliative care because it treats a symptom rather than the cancer. Patients with advanced cancer and those who chose not to treat the disease may receive palliative care to help control any symptoms and pain.