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Frequently Asked Questions about Palliative Care

Palliative Care

Who benefits from Palliative Care?

  • Anyone who has a serious illness affecting quality of life or causing significant discomfort
  • Anyone who has questions about their treatment plan or needs additional support

What can our Palliative Care team do for you?

  • Treat your pain and symptoms such as nausea, fatigue, depression and anxiety
  • Help you maintain the most comfortable, independent and active life possible
  • Provide answers, assistance and emotional support to you and your family when making difficult medical decisions
  • Help coordinate care and treatment with your doctors and care team
  • Identify support services to help you

What can I expect from Palliative Care?

  • Relief from distressing symptoms such as pain, shortness of breath, fatigue, loss of appetite, difficulty sleeping
  • Improved ability to carry on with your life
  • Improved ability to tolerate medical treatment
  • Better understanding of your medical condition and medical choices

When is the right time for Palliative Care?

  • Palliative Care helps during all stages of serious illness. It is best introduced early, alongside curative treatment.

Is Palliative Care the same as hospice care?

  • No, hospice care is meant specifically for those approaching the last stages of life. Palliative care is appropriate for all stages of a serious illness.

How and where can I get Palliative Care?

  • To begin palliative care, ask your doctor for a referral. We can help you while at Highland or help you find outpatient care.