When cancer causes dsitress to the
patient or it escapes the bounds of curative options like
surgery, chemotherapy or radiotherapy, improving the quality
of whatever life that remains becomes paramount. This is
where Hospice helps by providing palliative care to the
patients and support to the family.
WHO expert committee defines palliative care as active total
care of patients whose disease is life threating. The goal
is to achieve best possible quality of life for patients
and their families. It neither hastens nor postpones death.
It provides relief from pain and other distressing symptoms
and offers support to the family to cope during the illness
and in bereavement.
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