Palliative care is specialized medical care for those with serious illnesses. In addition to being used throughout your brain tumor journey, this life-affirming approach to care may also be used for end-of-life care in a hospice setting. The focus is on providing you with relief from the symptoms, pain, and stress of your brain tumor while improving quality of life for both you and your family.
Palliative care specialists work together as a team to provide an extra layer of support. It is appropriate at any stage of your brain tumor journey and can be provided along with treatments that are meant to cure.
Keep in mind that you do not have to choose between aggressive treatment and palliative care. Even as you undergo treatment, you can ask the palliative care team to help manage your side effects from treatment, such as headaches, seizures, fatigue and mood changes or ask for counseling and support.
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