How do I decide whether to seek palliative care as a cancer patient?

When you’re considering palliative care as part of your cancer treatment, consider these criteria for deciding whether it’s right for you.

  • How severe is your illness? Palliative care addresses serious or chronic diseases, such as cancer, HIV/AIDS, and Alzheimer’s, among many other diseases.
  • Do you need emotional, physical or spiritual support? Palliative care isn’t just for easing pain, although managing pain can be an important component of this care. You also may want to seek palliative care for emotional, social or spiritual support.
  • Does your family need support? At the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center, palliative care supports your family members as well as patients during your cancer journey.

Learn more about the palliative care options in this video:

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