When some people envision palliative care, they see someone dying or having a dreadful chronic disease who is slowly dying. In actuality, we all die from something. In the past 4 years, I have learned what palliative care means to me.
As a nurse who works in a major cancer center, my primary goal is to diagnose, treat, and cure patients with cancer. We all hope for a cure, and for the best possible outcome. However, there may be a time when curing the patient’s cancer is no longer possible, and the goal then shifts to treating symptoms and controlling the cancer.
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Early identification of the unwanted symptoms of cancer and of treatment helps to improve the quality of life of patients and increase their trust in the healthcare system.
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