Palliative care is a form of health care that is integrated into your treatment plan and focuses on providing you with the best quality of life while facing a life-threatening diagnosis. Palliative care is received while undergoing treatment for metastatic breast cancer to help relieve pain symptoms and provide emotional and spiritual support for those facing this disease. As palliative care treatment takes a personalized approach, it adapts to individual needs and concerns and can include a team of doctors, social workers, therapists, and nutritionists.
It’s important to note that while palliative care is often a part of end-of-life care it does not need to begin at end-of-life. Palliative care can begin at any point during the treatment of metastatic breast cancer and many men and women living well with this disease incorporate palliative care into their treatment plan to improve the quality of their lives. Talk to your medical team about including palliative care in your treatment plan.
The Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association has developed an extensive directory of palliative care information and services across Canada. The directory allows you to search by province to find a service in your area or by category to find information relating to your needs.
The Canadian Cancer Society has a database that can be used to find local support services in your area. You can access it below: