At all stages of your cancer treatment you need to feel as well as possible. This can be achieved through palliative care. Palliative care focuses on improving quality of life for you and your family.

Palliative care - what is involved?

Palliative care can be given at any time during your treatment pathway. In some countries, palliative care has been more appropriately renamed ‘supportive care’. Palliative/supportive care includes a wide range of services.

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When is palliative/supportive care recommended?

Many people wrongly think that palliative/supportive care is just for people who are dying. In fact, people with any type of metastatic cancer can benefit from palliative/supportive care at any time during their treatment.

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Who provides palliative/supportive care?

Palliative care can be provided by the healthcare professionals involved in your day-to-day care, such as your GP, medical oncologist, nurse or social worker. You may also be referred to a specialist palliative/supportive care team.

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Getting additional support

Cancer and its treatment can have a huge physical and emotional effect on you. It is important to look after yourself. This includes eating a well-balanced and healthy diet, not smoking, doing regular exercise, and seeking help if you
feel depressed or anxious.

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