Palliative care and disease treatment
If you have a serious illness, your medical treatments can sometimes make you feel worse. You may also feel that your pain, your symptoms and your distress are all part of being sick. It doesn’t have to be that way. Palliative care can help.
Palliative care is specialized medical treatment for people with serious illness. Your palliative care team will treat your pain and symptoms and help you understand your medical treatments to make decisions that are right for you. They will answer your questions about the future and what to expect.
You can get palliative care at the same time as treatment for your disease. It will give you, your family and your doctors an extra layer of support to help you live as well as possible.
You don’t have to wait until your pain or symptoms become serious to ask for it. Palliative care is right for patients of any age and at any stage of a serious illness. In fact, the sooner you ask for palliative care, the better it is for you and your family.