What is Palliative and Supportive Care?
Palliative and Supportive Care (P&SC) is the care offered to persons who have a serious, life threatening or incurable illness.
The goals of Palliative and Supportive Care and how it may help you:
- Prevent suffering be it physical, psychological or spiritual.
- Minimize pain and other symptoms
- Prolong life with a minimum of burdens and risks as assessed by you and your healthcare team professionals working together.
- Honestly and sensitively present information so that you can make informed decisions about the best treatment options for you.
- Complement and enhance treatments aimed at controlling disease (eg: chemotherapy, radiotherapy, hormonal therapy, surgery, etc) when they are still appropriate as your goals of care
- Respect your right to refuse treatments.
- Support your family with explanation, professional advice and encouragement within the limits necessitated by the rules of confidentiality.
In the past, Palliative care was mostly offered to people with cancer in hospice settings. It is now offered more widely and integrated more broadly across health care services.