Palliative Care

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Most Americans and even many doctors have it wrong.  Palliative care is not just about end of life care.   

Palliative care services support patients from the point of diagnosis, throughout treatment and beyond. 

Palliative care is coordinated patient care that treats the patient as well as the disease.  It provides cancer patients and their caregivers an extra layer of support, making available a team of experts focused on relieving pain, managing emotional stress and other supportive services. 

This care improves the quality of life of cancer patients and cancer survivors, saving lives and reducing health care costs. 

"Palliative care helped me get through my cancer."

- Tennessee volunteer Michael Holtz

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Tell the U.S. Senate to pass legislation that improves patient quality of life

This legislation will train and better prepare more doctors, nurses and social workers to provide critical services to cancer patients and survivors.

Latest Updates

March 22, 2017

The “Palliative Care Hospice Education and Training Act” has been introduced in the House of Representatives and Senate. This bill aims to reduce suffering and improve the quality of life of cancer patients and their families by better coordinating their care and addressing the often-debilitating symptoms of disease and treatment.

March 9, 2017
Nebraska

ACS CAN volunteers will meet with their senators Tuesday, March 14, for the annual Day at the Capitol and will discuss three bills crucial to the health of Nebraska.

February 27, 2017
Nebraska

As a social worker at the Callahan Cancer Center, I spend my days with patients who have recently been diagnosed with cancer and the families who help them through treatment. I facilitate support groups for cancer survivors and their caregivers. We all share a common goal: to keep the patient

Palliative Care Resources

Our brochure helps educate cancer patients and their caregivers about palliative care and its benefits. From where you can find it to how you receive it, the brochure can help cancer patients access this important level of medical care.

This video from the Center to Advance Palliative Care explores palliative care, and follows the experience of Joyce Jann and her family, as they work with a palliative care team at Lee Memorial Health System in Fort Myers, Florida.