Palliative Care


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

January 12, 2017

“The biggest challenges Minnesotans face with receiving palliative care are a lack of education about what it is and a shortage of trained providers,” Housley explained, “An advisory council would help us determine how to address those needs in rural communities, big cities, and everywhere in between.”

December 14, 2016

“The biggest barrier to patients receiving palliative care is not knowing what it is,” explained Dr. Benson, "I wish more people knew: palliative care is specialized medical care for people living with serious illness.”

November 10, 2016

More than 100 lawmakers, medical professionals, researchers, patients, and volunteers attended ACS CAN Minnesota's Research and Innovation Breakfast to learn how ACS CAN and other groups will be working to improve palliative care in Minnesota during the 2017 state legislative session. "Here in Minnesota, ACS CAN is collaborating

October 14, 2016

On October 13,2016 a Policy Forum on Palliative Care that brought together key leaders and decision makers in business, education, medical research, cancer care, government, and health policy. This event helped to unite those in Maryland who are fighting to end cancer. Thank you to Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center

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 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.