Many people think that palliative care is focused on the end of life only. Though caring for the dying is an important part of palliative care, its scope is in fact much broader.
Research data show that even patients undergoing curative treatment can significantly benefit from palliative care.
For that reason many professional health associations recommend the integration of palliative care into the therapeutic process of all patients in advanced phases of disease.
Palliative care is not addressed exclusively to cancer patients. It is a developing field in all medical specialties that deal with chronic diseases.