The focus of palliative care is to provide specialized care for people living with serious or terminal illness. It aims to increase the patient's quality of life as the condition progresses, rather than treat the disease or its symptoms. Palliative care can occur at any stage of illness, and it can be provided alongside curative treatments.
Palliative care providers work with a variety of patients, including those with serious illnesses like cancer, congestive heart failure, Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, and advanced liver or kidney disease. Palliative care is an expanding area of medicine — the number of people living with serious illnesses continues to increase as advances in medicine prolong life.
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