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Palliative Therapy

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Updated July 14, 2014

Definition:

Palliative therapy is treatment for cancer or other diseases that is given to decrease suffering. Palliative therapy is distinguished from curative therapy, where treatment offers the possibility of a cure. That said, it can be given in addition to curative therapy in order to help people cope with the physcial, emotional, and spiritual issues that accompany a diagnosis of cancer.

Further Reading:

Examples:
Sue heard that a recent study found that palliative therapy combined with traditional therapy helped lung cancer patients feel better, and possibly live longer.

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