Care given to improve the quality of life of patients who have a serious or life-threatening disease.

Care given to improve the quality of life of patients who have a serious or life-threatening disease. The goal of palliative care is to prevent or treat as early as possible the symptoms of a disease; any side effects caused by treatment of a disease; and psychological, social and spiritual problems related to a disease or its treatment. May also be called comfort care, supportive care or symptom management.