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Palliative Care
TermPalliative Care
Short definitionPalifermin - (pronounced) (pa-lee-FER-min) drug used to prevent and treat severe oral mucositis (inflammation in the mouth). It is used in blood cancer patients who are being treated with high-dose chemotherapy and radiotherapy followed by autologous stem cell transplantation. 
TypeCancer terms

Palliative Care - (pronounced) (PA-lee-uh-tiv kayr) Care to improve the quality of life and reduce pain for people suffering from a serious or life-threatening illness, such as cancer. The goal of palliative care is to prevent or treat the symptoms of the disease and the side effects caused by treating the disease as early as possible. It also takes care of the psychological, social and spiritual problems caused by the disease or its treatment. For cancer, palliative care may include therapies such as surgery, radiation therapy, or chemotherapy to remove, shrink, or slow the growth of a tumor that is causing pain. It may also include support from loved ones and caregivers. Palliative care can be combined with other treatments from the time of diagnosis until the end of life

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