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Referral to Palliative care

Does a Referral to Palliative Care Mean I’m Dying?

No.  Receiving palliative care does not mean you’re dying.  Being referred to palliative care means that you are dealing with difficult medical problems – ones that can cause pain, emotional uncertainty and personal complications for you and the people you love.

 

By addressing pain, reducing stress and improving comfort, people tend to sleep better and eat a bit better and stay more active.  It is not surprising that their health improves – and sometimes people live longer!

 

 

Medical Treatment

Do I Need to Stop Medical Treatments in Order to Receive Palliative Care?

NO! We support doing whatever you, your family and your primary health care team feel is right for you. Many of the patients we see are receiving treatments, such as:

 

  • Chemotherapy or radiation for cancer
  • Cardiac procedures (angiography or pacemakers, and surgery)
  • Clinical trials (offering experimental approaches for your condition)

If difficult decisions about treatments arise, we can help you sort through the options.  Palliative Care does not replace your primary treatment; it works to support the care you are receiving to improve your quality of life.