Death is an important part of the conversation when it comes to cancer, which is why specialists have become focused on ensuring patients know their options when it comes to palliative care. For Dr. James Downar, a critical care and palliative care staff physician at Toronto General Hospital, he's seen an increased recognition in the value of palliative care, and better adoption of it earlier on in the disease course. "Palliative care is often thought of as speciality of medicine that is only given to people at the very end, and that’s not true anymore," he explains to The Huffington Post Canada. "Our intention is to help with symptoms and decision making, and that's often relevant much earlier than people realize."
End-Of-Life Care For Cancer Patients Can Help Bring More Value To Life