What Is Palliative Care, When Is Prostate Cancer Considered Palliative And Incurable?

Alvaro Martinez, M.D., Beaumont Hospitals

Jan. 01, 2009 -- Question: What is palliative care, when is prostate cancer considered palliative and incurable, and what types of palliative care options are available?

Answer: This is basically a single question altogether. Our definition of palliative care is the care for those patients that we believe are incurable with the standard treatment modalities.

As such, our goal is to keep the patient as comfortable as possible during the remainder of that patient's life. To try to improve their quality of life by different means, such as some type of diet, some type of activity, some type of pain control and everything that could increase that patient's quality of life.