Palliative care improves the quality of life of patients and their families through the prevention and treatment of distressing symptoms while addressing the psychological, social, and spiritual aspects of patient care. Emerging paradigms of delivery promote early involvement in the disease trajectory and specialty approaches to care. Interdisciplinary assessment and shared decision making are important components. Throughout the disease course, aggressive symptom management can improve patients’ quality of life and their ability to tolerate and continue treatment. End-of-life care focuses on comfort, control, meaning, and support that become particularly intense when death is imminent.
*Summa Health System, Palliative Care and Hospice Services
†Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Division of Gynecologic Oncology, Summa Akron City Hospital, Akron, Ohio
The authors declare that they have nothing to disclose.
Correspondence: Vivian E. von Gruenigen, MD, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Division of Gynecologic Oncology, Summa Akron City Hospital, 525 East Market Med II, POB #2090, Akron, OH 44309. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org