End of life care is support for people who are dying. It may last for a few days, months or even years. It is the point where quality of life becomes the focus of attention. The aim of end of life care is to provide physical, mental, emotional and social support, to you and your family.
You may want to be making decisions about your future care, with your family, whilst you are still feeling relatively well. It can feel a little surreal and frightening to be talking about dying, but it may help give some sense of control back if you can discuss end of life care openly. People who have already discussed their wishes for end-of-life care with their loved ones feel less stress at the end of their life, and so do their families.
You may have already made contact with the palliative care services locally, as they are often accessed early on in a cancer diagnosis. Most people think it only applies to people who are nearing end of life. Palliative care is often introduced earlier on for symptom control, or when a cancer cannot be cured, but can still be treated.
We have provided useful links here to help you learn more about end of life care, and support available to you and your family, friends and partners.
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.