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What to know about palliative care

The terms palliative and hospice care are often used interchangeably, but they’re not the same. While all hospice care includes palliative care, palliative care is not limited to the end of someone’s life.

Both palliative care and hospice care provide comfort, however, palliative care can begin at diagnosis, and at the same time as treatment, according to the National Library of Medicine. Hospice care begins after treatment of the disease and is stopped when it is clear that the person is not going to survive the illness.

Palliative care is appropriate at any age and at any stage during a serious illness, and can be provided along with curative treatment, according to the National Institute on Aging Care is provided wherever the patient may be — home, hospital, clinic or other specialized location.

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