With palliative care, curative options are discontinued except those that relieves symptoms (such as palliative chemotherapy) – palliative care focuses on relief of symptoms.
Nurses frequently care for patients at the end of life. One of the challenges is managing end-of-life (EOL) symptoms such as dyspnea and pain. For patients nearing death, relieving distressing symptoms is perhaps the most valuable contribution you can make. Thus, the goal of patient care changes from cure to comfort.
End-of-life uncomfortable signs and symptoms: