People can live for many years with a chronic disease. Palliative and end-of-life care gives extra support at all stages of a chronic illness, not just near the end-of-life. This type of care works with people's family doctor and specialist as they're being treated for chronic illness. It helps to give people the best quality of life possible so people and their families can live a more settled and peaceful life.
Living with a chronic disease can be harder some days than others. People may need to be in the hospital for a short time, and it can be tough on people and their caregivers. Sometimes medicine can help treat a chronic disease, and sometimes other therapies are a better choice. Palliative and end-of-life care helps people with chronic diseases to look at their options. It focuses on people's comfort, no matter what health problems a disease may cause. Care teams work to:
Learn more about some of the issues that people with chronic diseases face, and how palliative and end-of-life care can help.
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