What Is Palliative Care?

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When people have a serious illness or a long-term health condition, getting a type of healthcare called palliative care can help improve their daily lives. These types of conditions might not be curable. Or, they may make it difficult for people to live comfortably or take care of daily tasks while they're having treatment for the condition.

Palliative care helps people with long-term or severe health conditions manage their symptoms better. It’s a newer type of medical care that takes people’s individual needs into account and aims to meet their medical, physical, spiritual and emotional needs. If you're considering palliative care for yourself or a family member, it’s important to understand what it is, how it works and how to talk to your doctor about it.