Small-Cell Lung Cancer (cont.)
Michael Perry, MD, FACP
Shehnaz Shaikh, MD
Winston W Tan, MD
Mary L Windle, PharmD
Shreekanth V Karwande, MBBS
IN THIS ARTICLE
Palliative and terminal care
Because small-cell lung cancer is diagnosed in many people when it is not curable, palliative care becomes important. The goal of palliative and terminal care is to enhance the person’s quality of life.
The patient may be given radiation therapy as palliative treatment to relieve symptoms caused by compression of the food pipe, windpipe, or superior vena cava.
Palliative care offers the patient emotional and physical comfort and relief from pain. Palliative care not only focuses on comfort but also addresses the concerns of the patient’s family and loved ones. The patient’s caregivers may include family and friends in addition to doctors and other health care professionals.
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