“Palliative care improves the quality of life of patients and their families facing life-threatening illness by providing pain relief and management of other distressing and debilitating symptoms. Palliative care services are appropriate from the time of diagnosis of a life-threatening illness and throughout the course of the illness.”
(World Health Organisation)
There has been much research in the last few years regarding Palliative and Supportive care being offered to chemotherapy patients.
“Prior research shows that introducing palliative care soon after diagnosis for patients with metastatic non–small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC) is associated with improvements in quality of life, mood, and survival.” (American Society of Clinical Oncology)
Palliative Care and Chemotherapy are Not Mutually Exclusive. We believe that Palliative Care is appropriate for anyone who has a serious, life challenging illness. Palliative Care does NOT mean that you have to stop treatments or “give up”. Palliative Care is about symptom management and helping to promote independence and quality of life.