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Palliative Care

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Jul 7, 2024.

What is palliative care?

Palliative care is specialized care to help you manage a serious, long-term health condition. Care can begin at any stage of your illness. Palliative care helps prevent or relieve any suffering you may have. The care also improves quality of life for you and your family. A palliative care team treats the whole person, not the illness. Your palliative care team will work with your healthcare providers as they treat your illness. Care will be specific to your needs and the needs of your family. Care can be provided in a hospital or at home. It can also be provided in a long-term care facility or outpatient clinic.

Who provides palliative care?

Your palliative care team may include any of the following:

What do I need to know about my treatment and care decisions?

How will my symptoms be managed?

Symptoms such as pain or shortness of breath may be caused by your illness. You may have side effects from treatment, such as nausea, fatigue, or constipation. The following are ways palliative care can help prevent or treat symptoms:

What support services are offered in palliative care?

Your team is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for support. You may be able to speak to them by phone, in person, or through a patient portal application (app).

Where can I find more information?

Care Agreement

You have the right to help plan your care. Learn about your health condition and how it may be treated. Discuss treatment options with your healthcare providers to decide what care you want to receive. You always have the right to refuse treatment. The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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