Is Palliative Care for Me?
Health professionals and hospitals are using palliative care more
and more. They find that patients and families like this kind of care.
Anyone who has a serious illness can benefit
from palliative care. You can get care to treat your illness and palliative
care at the same time. You do not have to choose one or the other.
Some treatments can be curative or palliative. For example,
radiation is often a curative treatment for cancer. But it can also be used to
help control cancer pain. When it is used to control pain and not to get rid of
cancer, it is called palliative radiation.
If curative treatment is no longer working, a palliative care
provider can help you decide if you want to continue that treatment. When the
time is right, your palliative care provider may talk to you about hospice
care. This is care for people who are in their final weeks or
months of life. For more information, see the topic