Palliative care is a component of supportive care. It is person- and family-centered care that optimizes quality of life by anticipating, preventing and treating suffering. Palliative care is often equated with hospice or end-of-life care, but this is not correct. It is care provided to people at any stage of their illness, from the time of diagnosis to the end of life, and is provided at the same time that patients are receiving curative or life-prolonging medical treatment such as chemotherapy, radiation and surgery.
Palliative care addresses physical, emotional, spiritual and practical concerns when people and their families are coping with a cancer diagnosis. Timely attention to early management of symptoms related to cancer and treatments has been shown to increase quality of life and length of life, in addition to helping reduce the stress that caregivers experience.
Palliative care services are provided by an Advanced Practice Provider with specialty certification in palliative care at select Minnesota Oncology clinics. Your family members, caregivers and friends are an important part of your care, and we encourage you to bring them with you to the appointment. After your initial visit, the team will follow up with you on a regular basis to address concerns and provide ongoing support.
Talk with your physician or nurse about making an appointment.