Palliative care may help cancer patients live longer

August 18, 2010 2:33:15 PM PDT
Palliative care, which helps seriously ill people make the most of the time they have left, actually helped some lung cancer patients live longer.

The New England Journal of Medicine reports those who started the special care soon after their diagnosis along with usual cancer care lived nearly three months longer. These patients were compared to other patients who received more aggressive treatment.

Palliative care is different than hospice. Doctors say it's about helping people live as well as then can for as long as they can.