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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Latest Updates

May 26, 2017
Minnesota

The Minnesota Legislature approved a budget bill that includes initiatives supported by the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network to improve cancer prevention and treatment. It now moves to the governor’s desk for final consideration.

May 16, 2017
Virginia

Governor Terry McAuliffe participated in a bill-signing ceremony for Virginia’s Palliative Care Information and Resources Bill. This legislation goes into effect on July 1, 2017 and requires the Virginia Department of Health to use their website to make information and resources on palliative care available to the public, health care professionals and health care facilities.

May 10, 2017
Tennessee

Yesterday, the Tennessee Legislature passed SB 1170 that will establish a state task force on palliative care and quality of life. Palliative care can provide better quality of life for cancer patients, and those with other chronic diseases, and their families by focusing on relieving the pain, stress and other

April 21, 2017
Virginia

Governor McAuliffe Signs Palliative Care Bill Thanks in large part to the efforts of our volunteers, the Virginia General Assembly passed legislation that will require the Virginia Department of Health to make information and resources on palliative care available to the public, health care professionals, and health care facilities

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.

Palliative care is specialized medical care for people with serious illness. This type of care is focused on providing patients with relief from the symptoms, pain and stress of a serious illness - from point of diagnosis onward. The goal is to improve quality of life for both the patient and the family. This report shares the stories of patients who have benefited from palliative care and providers who deliver this important 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.