Some of the services available for people with cancer and their family concentrate on improving wellbeing. This is known as palliative care. It concentrates on controlling pain and other symptoms linked with cancer and also on meeting social, emotional and spiritual needs. These services are especially important if cancer cure seems unlikely. However, palliative care services can be helpful to most cancer patients at any point in their illness.
Palliative care services may be provided at home, in hospital, or sometimes in special units known as hospices. Hospices provide a range of services, including symptom control, respite care and terminal care for people who are in the final stages of their illness.
If you have been affected by cancer in some way and would like to talk to someone about what you have read or need help finding information - you are welcome to drop into any Maggie’s Centre or to visit Maggie’s Online Centre and talk with a cancer support specialist.