You can get palliative care at the same time as treatment for your disease

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. These doctors and nurses will treat your pain and symptoms. They will help you understand your medical treatments and 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. Managing your symptoms can give you the strength you need to cope with your medical treatments, and to carry on with your daily life.

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.

Palliative care can help patients with cancer, congestive heart failure, lung disease, kidney failure, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s or Amytrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), and many more.

Having a serious illness doesn’t have to mean feeling unwell all the time. Your palliative care team will consist of a doctor, a nurse and a social worker. All will be experts in palliative care. They will spend as much time as needed with you, your family and your doctors to learn about your situation and how they can help you.

There is no need to suffer if you don’t have to. Ask your doctor about palliative care.