Sometimes there is no cure. In these instances, palliative care offers a different type of treatment and communication, and is revolutionizing the health care landscape by promoting a holistic, patient-focused model with the potential to drastically lower industry costs.
By nature, physicians are trained to cure, so a conversation letting a patient know their final days are nearing isn't always easy. But it's vital. That's why many medical schools, including the Texas A&M College of Medicine, are including palliative care within their curriculum.