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Vocabulary

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life-threatening – a situation, illness, or injury that could end in death.
For some patients who are very weak the side effects of chemotherapy can actually be life-threatening.
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treatment - something that is done to cure a person who is ill or injured.
Often a doctor will offer more than one treatment option.
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palliative care
- medical treatment for patients who have a serious or life-threatening illness that tries to reduce their pain and make them as comfortable as possible.
Good afternoon, Halima. I am the palliative care nurse. I'm here to help reduce your pain and make you feel more comfortable.
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guilt – feeling of shame and sadness because you think that you have done something wrong.
Sometimes caregivers can feel guilty even if they did all they could to save a person from death.
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chemotherapy – the use of drugs to help cure cancer, sometimes referred to as “chemo.”
Mrs. Kelly, I think I should warn you that with this form of chemotherapy your hair will fall out but it will grow back.
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quality of life –  the patient's ability to enjoy normal life activities.
Physicians have often used health-related quality of life (HRQOL) to measure the effects of serious illness in their patients.
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symptom management – Care given to improve the quality of life of patients who have a serious or life-threatening disease. Also called palliative care, comfort care, and supportive care.
The goal of symptom management is to prevent or treat as early as possible the symptoms of the disease, side effects caused by the treatment of the disease, and psychological, social, and spiritual problems related to the disease or its treatment.
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