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When can I start palliative care?

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You can start palliative care anytime, even as soon as you receive a diagnosis and begin treatment. You don't have to wait until your disease has reached an advanced stage or when you're in the final months of life. The earlier you start palliative care, the better. Anxiety, depression, fatigue, and pain can set in at the beginning of treatment.

SOURCES:

National Institute of Nursing Research brochure, "Palliative Care: The Relief You Need When You're Experiencing the Symptoms of Serious Illness." 

Journal of the American Medical Association: "Palliative Care Patient Page." 

GetPalliativeCare.org: "What Should You Know About Palliative Care?"

National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization: "How Can Palliative Care Help Me?"

The American Geriatrics Society (AGS) Foundation for Aging in Health: "Palliative Care and Hospice Care."

World Health Organization - Europe: "Palliative Care: The Solid Facts."

Strohbuecker, B. , January 2011. International Journal of Palliative Nursing

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on August 13, 2017

SOURCES:

National Institute of Nursing Research brochure, "Palliative Care: The Relief You Need When You're Experiencing the Symptoms of Serious Illness." 

Journal of the American Medical Association: "Palliative Care Patient Page." 

GetPalliativeCare.org: "What Should You Know About Palliative Care?"

National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization: "How Can Palliative Care Help Me?"

The American Geriatrics Society (AGS) Foundation for Aging in Health: "Palliative Care and Hospice Care."

World Health Organization - Europe: "Palliative Care: The Solid Facts."

Strohbuecker, B. , January 2011. International Journal of Palliative Nursing

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on August 13, 2017

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