How much do you know about palliative care?
If your answer is, 'not a lot,' you're not alone.
Though palliative care can serve an important role in a patient's life, it doesn't get much attention.
Let's start off with a definition from Dr. Sekaran.
Dr. Nishant Sekaran is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of Michigan, and is the author of reports about the growing palliative care industry in Michigan that Michigan Radio is airing this week.
"When I talk to my patients, we are going to be very aggressive about focusing on your quality of life," said Sekaran. "That doesn't mean that you can't also be aggressive with pursuing medical therapy that is consistent with your goals and wishes about your care. Palliative care is really about clarifying what the patient's goals of care are while focusing on the physical and psycho-social aspects of illness."