A new study published in Gynecologic Oncology found that palliative care consultation is associated with improvement in symptom burden, the majority of which occurs within one day of consultation.
Palliative care (or treatment) relieves symptoms such as pain, and reduces the suffering caused by cancer. Its main purpose is to keep the best quality of life for as long as possible without seeking to cure the disease. Researchers concluded that palliative care may be an effective tool for symptom management in gynecologic cancer patients with moderate to severe symptoms even during short hospitalizations, and should be considered early in the hospitalization to effect timely symptom relief.
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Learn more about palliative care:
Free Educational Webinar: Palliative Care and Ovarian Cancer Presented by Dr. Molly Brewer, Director of the Division of Gynecologic Oncology at the University of Connecticut Neag Comprehensive Cancer Center, on October 23rd. View the archived presentation here.