Hospice care is provided when there is no active or curative treatment being given for the serious illness. “Treatment” during hospice care involves managing symptoms and side effects. Palliative care can be provided while the patient is receiving active treatment.
Hospice patients live longer. In a recent study, hospice patients (particularly those with specific cancer and congestive heart failure diagnoses) lived longer than non-hospice patients. … “Among the patient populations studied, the mean survival was 29 days longer for hospice patients than for non-hospice patients.