Pain Control and Palliative Care

5 Important Points About Palliative Care

  1. Palliative care is care focused on comfort, quality of life, and the patient’s total well-being during and after cancer treatment.

    Cancer treatment is not just about slowing the growth and spread of the cancer. Treatment is also about feeling better.

  2. Palliative care is meant to help relieve the symptoms of the disease and the side effects of treatments.

    It can be provided at the time of a cancer diagnosis and should be provided throughout the pancreatic-cancer experience. Palliative care is NOT hospice care.

  3. Palliative care guides the patient and his or her family through decision-making to allow them to work towards their healthcare goals.

    These goals may include prolonging life, and encouraging peace and dignity throughout the entire process. It offers assistance with symptoms related to cancer and cancer treatments from the time of diagnosis throughout the cancer experience.

  4. Palliative care is appropriate at any time in the cancer experience.

    People with pancreatic cancer may experience pain, fatigue, and other difficult side effects that impact their quality of life. However, no 2 people have exactly the same experiences and needs, and these needs are likely to change over time. Palliative care is appropriate at any time and it may be something you need.

  5. Palliative care programs exist in many hospitals and cancer centers.

    Some hospitals have specific palliative care departments, others may provide palliative care without calling it palliative care. The terms used to describe increasing comfort and improving quality of life are not important as long as you or your loved one get what they need. Palliative care can be delivered at home, in a hospital or nursing home, through outpatient care, or other settings.