Palliative Care

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Most Americans and even many doctors have it wrong.  Palliative care is not just about end of life care.   

Palliative care services support patients from the point of diagnosis, throughout treatment and beyond. 

Palliative care is coordinated patient care that treats the patient as well as the disease.  It provides cancer patients and their caregivers an extra layer of support, making available a team of experts focused on relieving pain, managing emotional stress and other supportive services. 

This care improves the quality of life of cancer patients and cancer survivors, saving lives and reducing health care costs. 

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Latest Updates

February 21, 2019
Kentucky

Frankfort, KY – February 21, 2019 – Cancer survivors, caregivers and their families from across the state traveled to the Kentucky State Capitol today to call on the Legislature to prioritize the 26,400 Kentuckians who will be diagnosed with cancer in 2019. The visit was part of the American Cancer

February 19, 2019
West Virginia

Charleston, W. Va., – Feb. 19, 2019 – Last month, the newly formed State Advisory Coalition on Palliative Care had its first meeting. This coalition was formed through legislation and signed into law by the Governor in 2018. The coalition brings together experts to address barriers to this care and

February 5, 2019
National

Cancer patients, survivors and caregivers will tune into the president’s State of the Union address to see if the president will commit to strengthen the nation's health care system, support life-saving medical research and improve quality of life for patients.

January 28, 2019
New Mexico

Cancer patients, survivors, caregivers, students and advocates from the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) rallied at New Mexico's Roundhouse today in support of increasing the state’s tobacco tax by $1.50 per pack and prohibiting minors under the age of 18 from using tanning devices.

Palliative Care Resources

This table lists key studies and review articles that examine the effect that the addition of palliative care has on overall patient costs. While results vary, the addition of palliative care typically either reduces overall costs or is cost neutral.

Our brochure helps educate cancer patients and their caregivers about palliative care and its benefits. From where you can find it to how you receive it, the brochure can help cancer patients access this important level of medical care.

Palliative care is specialized medical care for people with serious illness. This type of care is focused on providing patients with relief from the symptoms, pain and stress of a serious illness - from point of diagnosis onward. The goal is to improve quality of life for both the patient and the family. This report shares the stories of patients who have benefited from palliative care and providers who deliver this important care.