Choosing care that focuses on relief of cancer’s symptoms, rather than a cure

When doctors tell cancer patients “there is nothing more we can do…” some patients may opt for palliative care. Upstate Medical University Hospital offers services to outpatients as well as those patients that are hospitalized. Upstate’s Silviu Pasniciuc, MD,  says Palliative care, focuses on providing relief from the symptoms and stress of serious illness with a goal of improving the quality of life for the patient and his or her family. Pasniciuc who also cares for Hospice of CNY patients explains how palliative care differs from hospice care, and how patients and their loved ones can decide whether palliative care is right for them in the Upstate Medical University HealthLink Podcast.