Terminally ill patients with advanced or metastatic cancers might require specialised medical care for
symptom relief – known as palliative care.
Palliative care team is made up of different professionals who work with the patient, family, and the patient's other doctors to provide medical, social, emotional and practical support.
The team is comprised of palliative care specialist doctors and nurses and includes others such as social workers and nutritionists.
Most cancer patients require palliative care for pain relief and nutrition support.
Procedures to provide nutritional support like central line catheters or feeding tubes may be provided for patients.
Pain relief through patient controlled analgesia, opioid patches or nerve blocks are provided
The main goal of care focuses on the care, comfort and quality of life of a person with a serious illness who is approaching the end of life