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Palliative Care (cont.)


Is Palliative Care For Me?

Health professionals and hospitals are using palliative care more and more. They find that patients and families like this kind of care.

Anyone who has a serious illness can benefit from palliative care. You can get care to treat your illness and palliative care at the same time. You do not have to choose one or the other.

Some treatments can be curative or palliative. For example, radiation is often a curative treatment for cancer. But it can also be used to help control cancer pain. When it is used to control pain and not to get rid of cancer, it is called palliative radiation.

If curative treatment is no longer working, a palliative care provider can help you decide if you want to continue that treatment. When the time is right, your palliative care provider may talk to you about hospice care. This is care for people who are in their final weeks or months of life. For more information, see the topic Hospice Care.

Where to Go From Here

Write down any questions you have about palliative care. Talk about your questions with your doctor during your next visit. If you would like more information on palliative care, see the Other Places to Get Help section of this topic.

Other Places To Get Help


Caring Connections
Phone: 1-800-658-8898 help line
Phone: 1-877-658-8896 multilingual line (toll-free)
Phone: (703) 837-1500
Web Address:

Caring Connections, a program of the U.S. National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO), seeks to improve care at the end of life. Caring Connections provides free resources, including educational brochures, advance directives and hospice information, and a toll-free help line for people looking for quality end-of-life information.
1255 Fifth Avenue, Suite C-2
New York, NY 10029 USA
Phone: (212) 201-2670
Web Address:

This website was created by the Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC) at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York. This site provides palliative care information for people who have serious and complex illness. There is a directory of hospitals, an explanation of how palliative care is different from hospice care, and an interactive questionnaire to help people find out if palliative care is the right choice for them or their loved ones.

National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization
1700 Diagonal Road
Suite 625
Alexandria, VA 22314
Phone: 1-800-658-8898
(703) 837-1500
Fax: (703) 837-1233
Web Address:

The U.S. National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) offers information on local hospice and palliative care programs across America. NHPCO is committed to improving end-of-life care and expanding access to hospice care with the goal of improving quality of life for dying people and their loved ones.

4700 West Lake Avenue
Glenview, IL 60025
Phone: (847) 375-4712
Fax: (847) 375-6475
Web Address:

This website was created by the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (AAHPM). AAHPM is an organization of health professionals who help people with serious illnesses. The resources at this site include information on the benefits of palliative care, what palliative care is, and when to seek hospice care. There are also links to websites for caregivers, patient stories, FAQs, and how to find a palliative doctor.

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