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What’s the value of palliative care for cancer, and what does it include?

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Palliative care can ease the symptoms of your cancer and the side effects of your treatment. It can help your quality of life during treatment or if your treatment stops working.

It can include:

  • Diet, physical therapy, relaxation techniques, and medicine to ease treatment side effects
  • Counseling and other resources to help with the fear, anxiety, and depression your cancer might cause
  • Help with health insurance, employment, and legal issues that arise from your cancer and its treatment

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: "What is cancer immunotherapy?"

Cancer Research Institute: “About Clinical Trials,” “I’m the Answer to Cancer: Cancer immunotherapy treatments.”

American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO): "Hospice Care," "When the First Treatment Doesn't Work."

National Cancer Institute: "Chemotherapy," "Hormone Therapy," "Palliative Care in Cancer," "Radiation Therapy," "Stem Cell Transplant," "Targeted Therapy."

Reviewed by Neha Pathak on January 23, 2019

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: "What is cancer immunotherapy?"

Cancer Research Institute: “About Clinical Trials,” “I’m the Answer to Cancer: Cancer immunotherapy treatments.”

American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO): "Hospice Care," "When the First Treatment Doesn't Work."

National Cancer Institute: "Chemotherapy," "Hormone Therapy," "Palliative Care in Cancer," "Radiation Therapy," "Stem Cell Transplant," "Targeted Therapy."

Reviewed by Neha Pathak on January 23, 2019

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