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End of Life Support

Palliative care (pronounced pal-lee-uh-tiv) is the medical specialty focused on relief of the pain, stress and other debilitating symptoms of serious illness.

Patients with life-threatening or life-limiting conditions with an emphasis on the control of pain and symptoms. It incorporates an effort to fulfill physical, emotional, psychological, spiritual, social and cultural needs. Palliative care does not alter the course of the disease, but improves the quality of life. Palliative care can be offered simultaneously with any level of treatment and at any point of the disease process.

End-of life is the final stage of survival as a patient approaches death.