Breathing life into palliative care
A common myth surrounding palliative care is that it is only for patients who are at the end of their life. In reality, palliative care can begin at the time of diagnosis of a life-limiting illness and can coexist in parallel with active treatment.
Palliative care is best described as "supportive care," says
Dr. Daryl Roitman,
Physician Lead for the
Freeman Centre for the Advancement of Palliative Care. It offers an added layer of support and assists patients and families in managing their physical, spiritual and psychosocial needs.