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Palliative care aims to relieve the symptoms of serious diseases like cancer and also give psychological support to the patient. Its goal is also to prevent or treat the side effects of the treatment. Palliative care is given in addition to cancer treatment (whatever its kind) from the diagnosis until the recovery, even if the treatment is over, because some symptoms can persist a few times. It really improves the quality of life of the patient and his family.

This kind of care treats the patient completely, considering that the patient is suffering not only physically, but also morally and socially.

When a cure is not possible, palliative care is given until the end of life in order to assure the best quality of life for the patient even if he can't be treated. During this phase, psychological support for the patient and his family is essential.

Palliative care in oncology targets principally the following aspects:

  • The pain (due to the tumour, the treatments, etc.)
  • The digestive disorders (nausea, vomiting, constipation, lack of apetite)
  • The respiratory disorders
  • The psychological support