That’s actually what the word ‘palliate’ means, and it’s an area of medicine that when done well, makes a big difference to a patient’s life. There is a significant variance in terms of when clinicians palliate – this article from NEJM looks at when this time should be.
Looking at patients with metastatic non small cell cancer, the article comments that early palliative care improves quality of life and mood, and drew some Kaplan Meiers that in fact show that survival is longer in the palliative care group.
Interesting. A good understanding of palliative care is important no matter what specialty you do – update yourself here.