Is Palliative Care Right for Me?

Dr. Johnston with a patient ​​Palliative care is appropriate at any age and at any stage in a serious illness, and can be provided together with treatment. The availability of palliative care doesn’t depend upon whether or not your condition can be cured. 
You may want to consider palliative care if you or a loved one: 
  • ​Suffer from pain or other symptoms due to any serious illness.
  • Experience physical, emotional or spiritual pain that is not under control.
  • Need help understanding your situation, coordinating your care and making decisions about your care.

Palliative Care is Different than Hospice Care

Unlike hospice care, which is limited to patients who have no more than six months to live and who are not pursuing treatment for a cure, palliative care is appropriate at any age and at any stage in a serious illness. It can be provided throughout a person’s illness, along with cure-seeking treatment.

Start Palliative Care As Soon As You Need It

Serious illnesses and their treatments can cause exhaustion, pain, anxiety, depression and other symptoms that affect your quality of life and can leave you lacking the energy or motivation to pursue the things you enjoy. Also, the stress of what you’re going though can have a big impact on your family. The Palliative Care team can assist you and your loved ones as you cope with this difficult experience. 
If you think you need palliative care, don’t wait. Talk to your doctor about whether palliative care would be helpful to you and your family.