Palliative care is often confused with hospice care. But they are not the same.
Palliative care encompasses a broad range of supportive care that can help patients from the time of their diagnosis. It can help prevent and reduce side effects and improve the overall quality of life. Some patients receive palliative care for years. In contrast, hospice care is provided to patients only during the last months of their lives.
Below you will find links to articles and a radio show that can help you learn more about when and how to ask for palliative care and why doing so is important to your quality of life following a diagnosis of metastatic breast cancer.
- Radio show from Cancer Support Community: Spotlight on Metastatic Breast Cancer- Palliative Care Radio Show
- Cancer.net: MBC and Palliative Care
- Breastcancer.org: Palliative Care for MBC
- Susan G. Komen: Palliative Care: Important and Underused
- Conquer magazine: When to Engage Palliative Care
- Cancer Today: Palliative Care Pays Off