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A palliative care consultation may be desirable when a doctor feels that a patient may need:

  • Expert symptom management.
  • Help understanding what to expect with his/her diagnosis, treatments and changing medical condition and needs.
  • Assistance in determining how aggressive a patient wants his/her treatments to be.
  • Assisting patients with deciding in advance what they want to happen in the event of a medical crisis.
  • Information about end of life options, such as hospice.
  • Emotional support when an illness is advancing.
  • Support of families when a patient is on life support or nearing death.

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