Cancer Mythbusters Episode #6 – Is Palliative Care Only for End-of-Life Patients?

Palliative care is an often misunderstood specialty, focused on providing support and pain management strategies to cancer patients throughout all stages of their illness. This approach, which can be blended into curative cancer therapy, focuses on care for the whole person: mind, body, and spirit.

But is it only for patients at end-of-life? And how does it differ from hospice care? In this episode of Cancer Mythbusters, we explore this common misconception and dive into how palliative care really works with James Tulsky, MD, chair of Psychosocial Oncology and Palliative Care at Dana-Farber.

Hear the discussion by listening to the podcast episode below, or click “download” to listen later. Subscribe options are also available via iTunes, Google Play, the Stitcher appTuneIn app, and RSS.

In the Cancer Mythbusters podcast series, we dive into the many myths and misconceptions in the world of cancer. Every episode, we look at a myth and debunk it with the help of our world-leading clinicians and researchers. Visit Dana-Farber’s podcast page for more information on other cancer podcast series.

 

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