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What kinds of palliative care may be helpful when cancer is diagnosed?

At the time cancer is diagnosed and during treatment, palliative care may include: 
  • Aggressive treatment of adverse effects related to cancer treatment
  • Relief of pain, nausea, and other physical symptoms
  • Help with practical concerns including help with transportation, finding caregivers, or insurance matters
  • Assistance with legal matters relating to advance directives (written documents that detail your wishes for health care in the event you are unable to express them)
  • Planning for rehabilitation services such as physical or occupational therapy
  • Emotional support

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