Although the following article from Cancer Therapy Advisor is written from a US perspective, a lot of what is discussed is relevant to the UK and the National Health Service.
Over recent years, palliative care has evolved to include symptom management, management of psychosocial and spiritual needs, coping support, information about the disease and treatment, medical decision-making support, and discussions about treatment, prognosis, and personal goals. Palliative care from early in the course of the disease has been shown to improve quality of life and, in some cases, survival. Palliative care should involve people from a variety of different disciplines. It is an important aspect of the care of someone with cancer, and should be offered to all patients with cancer soon after the diagnosis of their disease.