Palliative Care vs. Hospice:

Palliative care:

  • Palliative care is the umbrella term for symptom and case management for those with a terminal diagnosis regardless of their prognosis. 

  • Care begins after diagnosis and during treatment. 

  • Palliative care provides active disease directed treatment and symptom management.


  • Hospice is specifically end of life care when the patient has less than 6 months to live.

  • It is the final stage of palliative care. 

  • The only goal of hospice is comfort care to make the patient as comfortable as possible in the final stages of life. 

**Both emphasize comfort and the highest possible quality of life.**