How palliative care can help

The options described here are generally considered palliative treatment because their main aim is to improve quality of life by reducing symptoms. Palliative treatment is one aspect of palliative care, in which a team of health professionals aim to meet your physical, practical, emotional, spiritual and social needs. The palliative care team also provides support to families and carers.

Contacting the palliative care team soon after diagnosis gives them the opportunity to get to know you, your family and your circumstances. Although other professionals will be responsible for your treatment in the earlier part of your diagnosis, the palliative care team can become involved when needed.

Ask the doctor in charge of your medical care about making an appointment with the palliative care team. To find out more about palliative care and advanced cancer, call Cancer Council 13 11 20. You can ask for free copies of the booklets Understanding Palliative Care and Living with Advanced Cancer,  download digital copies from this page, or visit Advanced cancer.


This information was last reviewed in May 2017
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