February 3, 2017 10:28 am
On February 4 is celebrated the World Cancer Day, and for this reason we have chosen palliative treatment as our term of the week.
The official campaign of World Cancer Day 2016-2018 is taking place under the tagline ‘We can. I can’ and it aims to explore how everyone can do their part to reduce the global burden of cancer. As cancer affects everyone in different ways, the goal is to empower people to take various actions in order to reduce the impact that cancer has on individuals, families and communities. The campaign is also defined as the perfect chance to reflect on what we, as individuals, can do. For more information, we suggest you to visit the official site.
Regarding our term, and according to the National Cancer Institute, palliative treatment is designed to relieve symptoms and improve the quality of life of patients who have a serious life-threatening disease, such as cancer. The objective is to prevent, as early and possible, the symptoms and side effects of the disease besides the associated psychological, social, and spiritual problems.
As said by Cancer Research UK, palliative treatment can also involve using medicines to reduce or control the side effects of cancer treatments. In advanced cancer, palliative treatment may help someone to live longer and to live comfortably, even if they cannot be cured.
Have a look at the palliative treatment entry on IATE – the term base for EU terminology.
For further reading, it may also interest you one of our previous articles on military rhetoric about cancer.
Written by Ana Jiménez Morente
Content Editor. Communication Trainee, DG TRAD – Terminology Coordination Unit
- Cancer Research UK. 2017. What is palliative treatment and when should it be used? Available at: http://www.cancerresearchuk.org/about-cancer/cancers-in-general/cancer-questions/what-is-palliative-treatment-and-when-should-it-be-used. [Accessed 02 February 2017].
- Get Palliative Care. 2017. What is Palliative Care? Available at: https://getpalliativecare.org/whatis/. [Accessed 02 February 2017].
- National Cancer Institute. 2017. Palliative Care in Cancer. Available at: https://www.cancer.gov/about-cancer/advanced-cancer/care-choices/palliative-care-fact-sheet. [Accessed 02 February 2017].
- World Cancer Day 2016-2018 | WCD. 2017. World Cancer Day 2016-2018. Available at: http://www.worldcancerday.org/about/2016-2018-world-cancer-day-campaign. [Accessed 02 February 2017].
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