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Choosing care that focuses on relief of cancer's symptoms, rather than a cure

Silviu Pasniciuc, MDWhen a cure is not an option, some patients with cancer may opt for palliative care, which Upstate offers to outpatients as well as patients who are hospitalized, says Silviu Pasniciuc, MD. Palliative care, sometimes called supportive care, focuses on providing relief from the symptoms and stress of serious illness with a goal of improving the quality of life for the patient and his or her family. Pasniciuc explains how palliative care differs from hospice care, and how patients and their loved ones can decide whether palliative care is right for them.