Palliative care (or Supportive Care) is given to people to relieve the symptoms of their disease. Treatment given by palliative care specialist is not focussed on finding a cure for the underlying disease, rather it is given to improve the patient's quality of life. Palliative care does not necessarily mean that all other treatment types are ceased. It is common for people to access palliative care and recieve chemotherapy at the same time.
Palliative care is not a sign that the treatment team are giving up on a patient - it is quite the opposite. It is telling the patient that the team care enough to bring symptom management experts into their care team, so they get a better quality of life.
Palliative Care teams may even be a part of a person's care right from the time of diagnosis - palliative care can never begin too early if a person is displaying symtoms that affect their activities of daily living.