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NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms



palliative therapy  listen  (PA-lee-uh-tiv THAYR-uh-pee)

  Treatment given to relieve the symptoms and reduce the suffering caused by cancer and other life-threatening diseases. Palliative cancer therapies are given together with other cancer treatments, from the time of diagnosis, through treatment, survivorship, recurrent or advanced disease, and at the end of life.