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Palliative care

Palliative care helps people to live their lives as fully and comfortably as possible by treating each individual’s symptoms to improve their quality of life.

Palliative care doctors and nurses are specialists in treating pain and other symptoms, such as vomiting or shortness of breath associated with cancer or its treatment. Emotional, spiritual and social needs, counselling and respite care are also important parts of palliative care.

Palliative care is available to people of any age with a serious illness. Palliative care can be given alongside other cancer treatments, and provided at home, in a hospital, hospice (palliative care unit) or residential aged care facility.

People who access palliative care early tend to do better. Recent studies show that people who have early palliative care lived longer, with fewer symptoms and had better quality of life than patients who did not have palliative care.

Experts explain Palliative Care and it benefits.

I am sorry I didn’t know earlier how Palliative Care could have helped our family as dad was getting more unwell. I did not understand that this care was available alongside his other treatments. This care was amazing and the follow up for the family continued even after he passed away

Irene, carer of her dad with pancreatic cancer

Bilingual brochures and videos about About Palliative Care are available in 17 languages from Palliative Care Victoria.

(If you are looking up Palliative Care online, please note that it is called Supportive Care in America and the United Kingdom)

Community palliative care, they have a 24 hour number, if I have breakthrough pain or its really late they come – its gets me through. I feel really comfortable with that, it’s great, I don’t need to go to hospital

Jason, 44yrs with pancreatic cancer