Physical concerns

Near the end of life, the focus of medical care is usually on maintaining your quality of life, and making sure that pain and other symptoms are well controlled. This section describes the common symptoms experienced towards the end of life and how they can be managed.

Symptoms at the end of life

As cancer progresses, it can cause a range of symptoms. People who are dying, and their families and carers, often worry about how these symptoms will be managed. The health professionals in your palliative care team will work to provide you with the highest possible level of comfort and care during your last days. Ask them any questions you have if you would like to have a good understanding of what to expect.

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