If You Live with a Serious Illness, Learn How to Improve Your Quality of Life
If you have cancer, lung, heart or kidney disease, Alzheimer’s, or another serious illness, you should know about a medical team that can address your symptoms and stress.
The medical team is called palliative care and they’re available in a variety of medical settings. Palliative care teams focus on relieving the symptoms and stress of your illness. The goal is to improve quality of life for both the patient and the family.
Palliative care is provided by a specially trained team of doctors, nurses and other specialists who work together with your other doctors to provide an extra layer of support. Palliative care is appropriate at any age and at any stage in your illness, and it can be provided along with curative treatment.
You can learn more from these videos, podcasts, and other resources on GetPalliativeCare.org. These include stories with patients, caregivers and palliative care experts who explain how being referred to a palliative care team can improve your quality of life. There’s also information on what you should know about COVID-19 and palliative care. And you can search for a palliative care provider in the Provider Directory.
GetPalliativeCare.org is an online resource for patients and families that focuses solely on providing information on palliative care from the point of diagnosis. At GetPalliativeCare.org you can learn more and take a short quiz to see if you could benefit from palliative care. The site is provided by the Center to Advance Palliative Care.