Palliative care does not take the place of your regular treatment; palliative care works in tandem with your regular treatments and with the specialists coordinating your care.
The goals of palliative care are to improve quality of life through symptom and pain relief, as well as provide emotional support and disease management for you and your family. The palliative care team partners with you to diminish your stress, anxiety and depression in the face of serious illness.
Who can benefit from palliative care?
Many people with life-limiting illnesses can benefit from supportive palliative care services, including those with:
- Heart failure
- Cerebrovascular accidents
- Cardiac amyloidosis
- End-stage coronary artery disease that does not have further interventional options
- Coronary disease
- Valvular heart disease that has advanced to a point where there are no further treatments
Is palliative care the same as hospice care?
Palliative care is different from hospice care in that it is for anyone with a serious illness at any stage. Palliative care can serve as supportive care even when you are undergoing treatments that are working to cure you, such as chemotherapy or radiation therapy. Hospice care is for terminally ill patients who are no longer receiving curative care.
Supportive palliative care services can serve as a bridge to hospice care and to help you or your family member prepare for the next stage of an illness.