Palliative care focuses on relieving or preventing symptoms (like pain) rather than treating disease and should be given throughout treatment for breast cancer.  Palliative care is especially important for those living with metastatic breast cancer.  Palliative care is a extra layer of care that can be given along with treatments for the breast cancer to maximize quality of life.  Palliative care specialists focus on symptom control, rather than control of the cancer.  They treat physical, emotional, social and spiritual needs.  Palliative care is a standard part of metastatic breast cancer care and becomes the focus of care when active treatment ends.  It can improve quality of life for patients and caregivers.

Source:  Susan G. Komen   2019