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Palliative care helps patients with serious illness live as well and fully as possible. It can help at all stages of illness and be provided along with other treatments. Palliative care helps treat pain, shortness of breath, fatigue, and other physical symptoms. Palliative care also provides emotional and spiritual support to patients and families, and helps them make decisions and coordinate care.
Palliative care can be provided by any member of your care team, including your primary care provider, specialist, nurse, social worker, or chaplain. Some patients may also benefit from a consultation with a palliative care specialist.
Yes. In fact, your current primary and specialty care team are often the providers delivering palliative care.
And if you do see a palliative care specialist, you can continue to see your current care providers as well.