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

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 palliaitive care available to the public, health care professionals, and health care faciliities

April 21, 2017
Montana

Today, Governor Bullock offered hope to thousands of Montanans facing cancer and other chronic illnesses by signing into law House Bill 285 to improve their quality of life through palliative care.

April 6, 2017
California

(Sacramento, CA) – April 4, 2017. Cancer patients, survivors and their families from throughout California gathered at the Capitol today. The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network’s (ACS CAN) annual Cancer Awareness Day at the Capitol assembled a large cadre of cancer advocates who urged lawmakers to make fighting

April 5, 2017
Ohio

Cancer Patients and Survivors Traveled to Columbus to Urge Legislators to Make Cancer a Priority Volunteers Met with Ohio Lawmakers to Ask for Support for Increased Tobacco Taxes, Increased Tobacco Cessation and Prevention Funding, Funding for the Breast and Cervical Cancer Project and Palliative Care. Columbus, OH– April

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.