Illinois CancerCare

How Do I Get a Palliative Care Consultation?

Ask your medical oncologist or advanced practice nurse if you may participate. At this time, the clinic is reserved for patients with advanced cancer (generally, Stage 4).

How is Palliative Care Different From Hospice?

Both Palliative Care and Hospice aim to improve symptoms and quality of life. Palliative Care is appropriate for all stages of illness, while Hospice is intended for patients nearing death and desiring no further treatment.

What Palliative Care Can Provide?

  • Patient-guided plan of care
  • Specialized treatment of pain and other symptoms
  • Honest and open communication with patient and family
  • Support for patients and caregivers during the entire cancer experience
  • Assistance with advance care planning
  • Information about community resources
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