Palliative therapy

Palliative therapy

Palliative care is any form of treatment that reduces the severity of disease symptoms, rather than curing the disease. These symptoms may include pain, nausea, anorexia, fatigue, immobility, and depression. The goal is to prevent and relieve suffering and to improve quality of life for people facing serious, complex illness. Palliative treatments may also be used to alleviate the side effects of curative treatments, such as relieving the nausea associated with chemotherapy.

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more information about treatment of nausea and vomiting you are referred to the topic treatment of emesis.

For more information about treatment of pain you are referred to the topic in the painsection.

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