The goal of such therapy is not for treatment or cure, but to relieve pain and discomfort.
When there is a poor prognosis in a chronic illness, supportive, or palliative, care is aimed at comfort versus cure. The decision to accept such care instead aggressive treatment is often difficult for family members. It means providing a very special kind of care to a loved one providing a peaceful, pain-free death in the presence of loved ones.
The duration may be long-term over several years, or short-term, lasting days or weeks.