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Palliative care

What it is and why it matters


Palliative care is specialized medical care focused on providing relief from the symptoms, pain, and stress of serious illness.

A challenge of living with metastatic breast cancer is how to live fully while managing the impact of treatment. Palliative care can support you through these challenges both physically and emotionally. But what is palliative care? This workshop helps explain palliative care and how it can enhance quality of life, as well as options that can help you continue treatment and its side effects.


Reviewed and updated: June 5, 2017

Reviewed by: Kimberly Curseen MD


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