A Rising Trend in Cancer Care Targets Physical, Existential Threats Patients Confront

May 6, 2019

(The Washington Post) – Often called palliative care or integrative medicine, the comprehensive approach focuses on patients’ emotional needs and physical symptoms in addition to treating the disease. In 2016, 1,831 U.S. hospitals — about three-quarters — had a palliative care program, compared to less than one-quarter in 2000, according to the Center to Advance Palliative Care. While palliative care is often associated with terminal cases — and often confused with end-of-life hospice care — it’s actually designed for patients suffering from many types of serious illnesses, regardless of how long they’re expected to live.

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