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Hi. I'm George Blough, an ACS CAN volunteer from West Virginia and three-time ovarian cancer survivor. Let me be clear, going through cancer treatment is never easy.

If I had taken the below quiz after my first cancer diagnosis, I would have gotten them all wrong. But, there really is a better way to care for cancer patients.

Take the quiz and let's see if you can do better than I would have done.


Question 1

Pain, nausea and depression are part of cancer treatment. There is nothing that can be done to help the patient.

Answer: False.

Cancer patients and survivors know there are many side effects to cancer treatment both during treatment and after it's ended. However, there is growing medical specialty that focuses on helping patients manage these side effects. It's called palliative care. Want to know more? Complete the next quiz question.

Question 2

Palliative care is only offered to patients receiving end-of-life care.

Answer: False.

This is a common misconception among patients, doctors and many others. Palliative care is a component of end-of-life care, better known as hospice care. However, most people don't realize that palliative care has many benefits for cancer patients, from the beginning of treatment and long after it has ended. What are some of those services? Complete our final quiz question to find out.

Question 3

Which of the following patient services are included in palliative care?

Answer: All of the above.

Yes, it's really true. All these services are part of palliative care and can be beneficial to cancer patients at any stage of diagnosis, treatment and beyond.