Palliative treatment helps to improve people’s quality of life by managing the symptoms of lymphoma 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 spread of Hodgkin lymphoma, palliative treatment can relieve any pain and help manage other symptoms. Treatment may include radiation therapy, chemotherapy or other medicines. If you are experiencing 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.
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