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Is palliative care the same thing as hospice?

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No. Hospice is care that’s given at the end of your life. It helps you feel comfortable, treats your pain, or creates a peaceful setting.

Palliative care is part of hospice. But you don’t have to be in hospice or at the end of your life to need or get it. It's a range of treatments that can ease your symptoms.

From: Palliative Care for Lung Cancer WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: “A Guide to Palliative or Supportive Care,” “Choices for palliative care.”

American Lung Association: “Supportive (Palliative) Care.”

Contemporary Oncology : “Palliative care in patients with lung cancer.”

National Cancer Institute: “Palliative Care in Cancer.”

American Association of Hospice and Palliative Medicine: “Frequently Asked Questions About Hospice and Palliative Care.”

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on April 17, 2017

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: “A Guide to Palliative or Supportive Care,” “Choices for palliative care.”

American Lung Association: “Supportive (Palliative) Care.”

Contemporary Oncology : “Palliative care in patients with lung cancer.”

National Cancer Institute: “Palliative Care in Cancer.”

American Association of Hospice and Palliative Medicine: “Frequently Asked Questions About Hospice and Palliative Care.”

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on April 17, 2017

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