Some people avoid palliative care services because they think they are “not at that stage yet”. Referral to a palliative care service is not governed by the stage of your disease or how long you are expected to live. Such care is appropriate if and when you, your carer or family identify needs that are complex or simply not being met. Your needs may be medical, emotional, social or spiritual.
The benefits of palliative care include:
Life, Hope & Reality was developed and written by Afaf Girgis, Claire Johnson, and Sylvie Lambert with funding from the NHMRC and Cancer Council NSW.Last updated 30 August 2015