Palliative treatment for CLL
In some cases of advanced CLL, the medical team may talk to you about palliative treatment (sometimes called supportive care).
Palliative treatment helps to improve your quality of life by managing the symptoms of leukaemia without trying to cure the disease. Many people think that palliative treatment is for people at the end of their life; however, it can help people at any stage.
As well as slowing the progress of leukaemia, palliative treatment can relieve any pain and help manage other symptoms. Treatment may include blood transfusions and short courses of radiation therapy, chemotherapy, targeted therapy or other medicines. If you have ongoing symptoms, ask for a referral to the symptom management or palliative care team.
Palliative treatment is one aspect of palliative care, in which a team of health professionals aims to meet your physical, emotional, cultural, spiritual and social needs. The team also supports families and carers.
Video: What is palliative care?
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