with advancing disease continue to receive active cancer treatment,
including clinical trials of experimental drugs where appropriate.
At the same time, they and their care- givers receive education
and support intended to help them get the most out of the present,
while preparing realistically for the future
Palliative care offers comfort through control of pain and other
physical symptoms, along with relief of psychological, social and
spiritual distress. Family members, who often suffer a heavy emotional
and financial toll when a patient is gravely ill, receive support
“This is not about dying,” says Meyers, a pioneer of
the hospice movement and founding director of the West Coast Center
for Palliative Education and Research. “This is about living
with cancer. It’s not about less care. It’s about more
“The best supportive care helps people live better, and may
help them live longer. With aggressive pain control, appetite increases.
With the right social support, mood improves. This is not about
giving up. It’s about increased quality of life and enhanced
coordination of care.”
It’s about hoping for the best, preparing for the worst and
living each moment fully.
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