Palliative care is given to people who have any serious illness and who have physical, psychological, social, or spiritual distress as a result of the treatment they are seeking or receiving especially during chemotherapy.
Palliative care increases comfort by lessening pain, controlling symptoms, and lessening stress for the patient and family, and should not be delayed when it is indicated. Evidence shows that end-of-life communication interventions decrease utilization (such as length of stay), particularly in the intensive care unit setting, and that palliative care interventions (mostly in the outpatient setting) are effective for improving patient and caregiver perceptions of care.
Currently Nigeria has NO functioning or active policy towards palliative care.
At Niola Cancer Care Foundation we are diligently promoting establishments of palliative care centers and hospices in addition to improved professionalism in this sector.