Our glossary explains some of the medical and legal terms used in palliative care. Glossary words are underlined in the Topics and Asked and Answered sections, with definitions appearing when you hover on a word.
A treatment that uses high-energy rays to damage cancer cells, to stop them from growing and dividing. Can also be used to treat symptoms resulting from cancer. This may include radiation to the bone to alleviate pain or to prevent the bone from breaking.
Temporary care given by healthcare providers to allow family caregivers time to rest.
Muscle stiffening that develops hours after death.
Our team of experts answers your questions about life-threatening illness and loss.
What can I do to support my wife who's dying and let her know she won't be forgotten?
How long can someone live without food and water?
My dad doesn't want to talk about his illness. How can I talk to him about it?
How can I support my husband who's been diagnosed with cancer and is waiting for test results?
When Death is Near - Learn more about changes people may experience in the final days of life.
Health Care Directives - Having a health care directive can ensure treatment decisions are respected.
Considerations for a Home Death - How you can prepare to provide care at home.
Lack of Appetite - What you can do when someone loses interest in food.
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