What is palliative care and what does it mean for me as a cancer patient?

According to experts at the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center, palliative care is “ease without curing.” Its focus is improving the quality of life for seriously ill patients, helping you to carry on with your daily life while you undergo treatment, and helping you tolerate medical treatments.

Palliative care includes three key approaches:
• pain and symptom management, for the full range of reactions—physical, spiritual, social and emotional--you may be having to your cancer and its treatment;
• communication to help you feel comfortable communicating with your treatment team about your pain and symptoms, and
• coordinated care, so that your palliative care works with your treatment.

Learn more about palliative care in the following video and about services offered through The Harry J. Duffey Family Patient and Family Services Program.

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