Palliative Care Beyond Hospice Is Spreading to More States

May 30, 2019

(Pew Research) – His recommended treatment plan — chemotherapy, radiation, a mastectomy, more chemo and likely hospitalizations — would have jeopardized all those wishes. “I would have been living a medicalized existence,” Berman said, and a debilitating one at that. Instead, she chose palliative care — no surgeries or chemo, just medicines to manage her pain and slow the spread of the disease, while allowing her to pursue a fulfilling career and active personal life. Nearly a decade later, to her surprise and everybody else’s, Berman is still alive — 59 years old and still living “a really great life.”