Palliative care adds months to life

By March 3, 2011 Recent News

The Age (Aust) March 3, 2011
Cancer patients wanting to live for as long as possible should receive palliative care sooner rather than later after research found it could prolong life more effectively than receiving treatment alone.
In a finding that could dramatically change doctors’ and patients’ views of palliative care, the research also concluded that patients with lung cancer enjoyed much greater quality of life and fewer depressive symptoms if they were referred to palliative care soon after diagnosis rather than in the late stage of their disease.
Palliative care is an approach to care for people with serious, progressive illness that tries to improve quality of life through careful attention to pain and symptom control, recognition of psychological and spiritual needs and providing support to the patient and their family.