Patient Quality of Life Through Palliative Care

Treating the Patient as well as the Disease

Palliative care is specialized medical care for people with serious illnesses. It's provided by a team of doctors, nurses and other health care professionals working together with the patient, their family and caregiver. The team works with the patient to control pain and other symptoms, understand the patient's goals, and explain treatment options so the patient can choose what is best.

It is a proven approach that provides an extra layer of support for people of any age and at any stage of a serious disease such as cancer, and can be provided alongside curative treatment. Palliative care focuses on treating the disease while also ensuring the best possible quality of life for the patient.

Groundbreaking Bills Introduced in Congress

In July 2013, Congress introduced two bills that aim to reduce suffering and improve the quality of life of patients undergoing care for serious illnesses such as cancer by improving access to palliative care.

Read more about this legislation.

Understanding Palliative Care

A recent study showed that most consumers, doctors and lawmakers either aren't familiar with palliative care or don't properly understand its full scope of services and benefits for patients. Our Resources Page provides basic as well as detailed information about what palliative care is, what services are typically provided to patients, and evidence-based research proving its value and benefits.

Go to the Resources page.