Palliative and End of life Care

Palliative care is used to help you and everyone affected by Secondary breast cancer achieve the best quality of life possible. Palliative care can be given alongside treatments such as chemotherapy. Palliative care aims to:

There are a number of people who will provide palliative care and these include your GP, community nurses or Marie Currie and Macmillan nurses. Social workers will also be involved to assess your care needs. These specialists will all work together to provide the best palliative care possible as well as meet the needs of family and friends. Palliative care can be given in your own home, at a hospice, in a hospital or in a care home.

Hospice care

The aim of hospice care is to improve the lives of people who have incurable illnesses which includes advanced breast cancer. Care also extends to the people closest to the patient and into the bereavement period after the patient has passed away.

As with palliative care, hospice care can be carried out in the persons own home, as an in-patient at hospital or in the Hospice itself. Hospice care includes:

A palliative care team at a hospice can help to control symptoms such as pain or breathlessness early on in the illness and not just at end of life. Hospice care is free and you can contact a hospice personally but the hospice will usually ask for a referral from your GP or nurse.

End of life care

End of life care is for people who are considered to be in the last year of life and can be given at home or in a hospice/hospital.

Five priorities for care - Experts have agreed that there are five important priorities for the care and support given to patients and their carers:

Further information on end of life, palliative care and hospice care can be found on the following websites;

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