Here is a nice article:
Hope Is Palliative
I call it palliation with hope.
Treat the terminally-ill patient with palliative measures but still with hope for recovery albeit small.
A tall order for any physician and patients and relatives as well.
Extent of palliative measures will be decided by all stakeholders.
Here is an illustration – inflammatory breast carcinoma in a 94-year-old female. Relatives have decided against aggressive measures like chemotherapy and radiation. Hormonal therapy was tried.