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Benefits of integrating palliative care and cancer










Palliative care and end of life care are not one and the same. “End of life care is significant, but it’s only about 10 per cent of what we do,” said Dr. David Dupere, Division Head, Palliative Care, Queen Elizabeth II Health Sciences Centre. “Most of our work is focused on improving the patient’s quality of living.”

Improving quality of living from the palliative care perspective includes: pain and symptom management, communication, decision making, managing treatment complications, care of the dying, psychosocial care, and education. Although research shows not all patients with a life threatening illness like cancer require formal palliative care services, all benefit when health professionals deliver care using palliative care principles.

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