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Palliative care 

Palliative care
Palliative care

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May 30, 2013: This chapter has been re-evaluated and remains up-to-date. No changes have been necessary.

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date: 24 September 2021

Palliative care addresses the physical, psychological, social, and spiritual needs of someone with advanced, progressive, and fatal disease. Good symptom control requires meticulous assessment, effective two-way communication, and the wise use of drugs, supported by other therapeutic interventions.

Common symptoms are (1) pain—one of the most feared symptoms in patients with advanced malignant disease; managed with disease modifying treatments, nondrug measures (e.g. heat pads), and/or analgesics (see also ...

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