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How does palliative care help if you have cancer?

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People who get palliative care have less pain, depression, nausea, and shortness of breath. They spend less time in intensive care and are less likely to have to go back into the hospital.

People who pair it with their cancer treatment have a better quality of life and mood than those who don't get it at all.

From: Palliative Care During Treatment WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Society of Clinical Oncology: "Caring for the Symptoms of Cancer and its Treatment."

News release, National Cancer Institute.

American Cancer Society: “A Guide to Supportive or Palliative Care," "Palliative or Supportive Care."

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center: "Palliative Care: FAQs."

Journal of Clinical Oncology : "Randomized trial of early integrated palliative and oncology care."

The New England Journal of Medicine : "Early Palliative Care for Patients with Metastatic Non-Small-Cell Lung Cancer."

Reviewed by Neha Pathak on January 23, 2019

SOURCES:

American Society of Clinical Oncology: "Caring for the Symptoms of Cancer and its Treatment."

News release, National Cancer Institute.

American Cancer Society: “A Guide to Supportive or Palliative Care," "Palliative or Supportive Care."

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center: "Palliative Care: FAQs."

Journal of Clinical Oncology : "Randomized trial of early integrated palliative and oncology care."

The New England Journal of Medicine : "Early Palliative Care for Patients with Metastatic Non-Small-Cell Lung Cancer."

Reviewed by Neha Pathak on January 23, 2019

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