Palliative Medicine

Palliative medicine is a part of

palliative care

, which involves providing treatment and medications that reduce the severity of a disease or slow its progress instead of providing a cure. Palliative medicine often becomes the focus of treatment in incurable diseases, or when the cure is not recommended due to other health concerns, or when the patient does not wish to pursue a cure because, for example, of the unnecessary suffering it may entail. The goal is to improve

quality of life

for both the patient and the family.

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