- The main pillars of palliative care:
- To relieve pain and other symptoms
- To help improve emotional, mental and spiritual well-being
- To support the family members
- As a persons cancer advances, he or she may have symptoms that may include pain, loss of appetite, fatigue, weakness, weight loss, constipation, trouble breathing, confusion, nausea, vomiting, cough and dry or sore throat.
- All of these symptoms can be managed with appropriate treatment.
- Pain is one of the most common symptoms experienced by people who have cancer. Even if it is severe, the pain can almost always be controlled with medicine. The caregiver should know that chronic (ongoing) pain must be treated on a regular schedule. It is important not to wait until the person feels pain before giving the next dose.