Palliative care is an approach to improve the quality of life of patients and their families facing problems associated with life-threatening illnesses. Palliative Care focuses on the prevention and relief of suffering by means of early identification of symptoms and careful assessment and treatment of these. Good Palliative Care addresses physical, psycho-social and spiritual care.
With good Palliative Care, it is important for patients to be assessed regularly and if needed, for adjustments to treatments to be made promptly.
Common and important symptoms include depression, pain, shortness of breath, fatigue, constipation, nausea, loss of appetite, difficulty sleeping, anxiety and drowsiness.