Palliative Care is a comprehensive approach to care for people with chronic or end-stage illness. It focuses on relieving patients’ pain and other distressing symptoms, as well as minimizing suffering by addressing a person’s psychological and spiritual needs. Palliative care can be provided at any time in the course of an illness, no matter how long the person is expected to live, and may be used along with curative treatments. While often discussed with hospice care, there are differences. See the difference between hospice and palliative care here: