- Terminally ill patients with advanced or metastatic cancers might require specialised medical care for symptom relief – known as palliative care.
- Palliative care team is made up of different professionals who work with the patient, family, and the patient's other doctors to provide medical, social, emotional and practical support.
- The team is comprised of palliative care specialist doctors and nurses and includes others such as social workers and nutritionists.
- Most cancer patients require palliative care for pain relief and nutrition support.
- Procedures to provide nutritional support like central line catheters or feeding tubes may be provided for patients.
- Pain relief through patient controlled analgesia, opioid patches or nerve blocks are provided
- The main goal of care focuses on the care, comfort and quality of life of a person with a serious illness who is approaching the end of life
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