Palliative care is specialized medical care for people with serious illnesses. It's provided by a team of doctors, nurses and other health care professionals working together with the patient, their family and caregiver. The team works with the patient to control pain and other symptoms, understand the patient's goals, and explain treatment options so the patient can choose what is best.
It is a proven approach that provides an extra layer of support for people of any age and at any stage of a serious disease such as cancer, and can be provided alongside curative treatment. Palliative care focuses on treating the disease while also ensuring the best possible quality of life for the patient.
In addition to the federal campaign, New Mexico is actively pursuing state legislation that establishes a Palliative Care Advisory Council comprised of state experts and that also empowers a state agency to provide palliative care information through their website and through other channels for medical professionals, patients, families, caregivers and the general public.