Palliative Care

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 The following is the  World Health Organization definition of Palliative Care

Palliative care is an approach that improves the quality of life of patients and their families facing the problems associated with life threatening illness,
through the prevention and relief of suffering by means of early identification and impeccable assessment
and treatment of pain and other problems, physical, psychosocial and spiritual.

Palliative care : 
provides relief from pain and other distressing symptoms,
affirms life and regards dying as a normal process,
intends neither to hasten or postpone death,
integrates the psychological and spiritual aspects of patient care,
offers a support system to help patients live as actively as possible until death,
offers a support system to help the family cope during the patient's illness and in their own bereavement,
uses a team approach to address the needs of patients and their families, including bereavement counselling,
if indicated will enhance quality of life and may also positively influence the course of the illness
is applicable early in the course of illness in conjunction with other therapies that are implemented to prolong life, eg chemotherapy or radiation therapy,

includes those investigations needed to better understand and manage distressing clinical complications