Palliative care is an approach that improves the quality of life of patients and their families, who are facing problems associated with a life-threatening illness like cancer.
It helps a patient live as comfortable as possible in spite of illness.
The aim is to improve quality of life of the patient. It empowers the family with knowledge and the courage to take good care of the patient till the end.
Palliative care had its origin in the need for providing tender loving care to terminally ill patients. While compassion remains a crucial component, today palliative care is fully based on science. It adopts a personalized, holistic approach, where the individual as a whole gets more attention than isolated symptoms. The importance given to right communication and the psychosocial aspects of care makes palliative care a distinct branch of medicine.