Palliative treatment

Palliative treatment

When you have an incurable, untreatable disease, that disease is oddly enough treated. Not to cure, but to postpone and to suppress nasty symptoms associated with that disease.
The success of palliative treatments varies from “impressive” to “moderate”. If the treatments is less effective, the side effects quite nasty and if you live is only briefly extended, you should ask yourself whether the benefits compensates the disadvantages. Those is an almost impossible choice. Like accepting that you’ll die soon.


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Quote: The specialist

That’s sometimes confusing: a treatment for an incurable, untreatable disease. But it’s not about curative treatments, but about palliative treatments. Treatments that makes your life hopefully as tolerable as possible, and cause symptoms, such as pain, nausea, and other nasty symptoms that you can get, stay longer stay away or are less violent.

Quote: Diana Uittenbroek

About a year ago I noticed coordination problems with my leg. Occasionally that leg swung all of a sudden. I walked a bit wobbly. I also had severe headaches on a number of places in my head. In the hospital they found that I had nine had metastases in my brain. I received directly overall skull radiation treatment. Right after this treatment I noticed that all coordination problems absolutely were solved. My headaches were also disappeared.

Quote: The family doctor

In the period that you get treated by the specialist in the hospital, we should keep in touch, to review the advantages and disadvantages when another treatment is proposed. The dilemma is, that sometimes you can feel pretty lousy of a palliative treatment. If the expectation is that your life is prolonged for only a short period, and you feel quite sick by that treatment, you may not prolong your life, but the suffering.