Every cancer patient, from the day of diagnosis, has palliative care needs. Palliative care (pronounced pal-lee-uh-tiv) is specialized medical care for people with serious illnesses such as cancer. It is focused on providing relief from the symptoms, pain, and stress of serious illness. The goal is to improve quality of life for both the patient and the family. Palliative care integrated into cancer care has been shown to improve physical and psychological symptoms, improve family caregiver well-being and even prolong survival.
The LIVESTRONG Foundation is working with Certification for Advanced Paliative Care to advance education and information related to Palliative Care in the oncology setting. Through our 2013 Community Impact Project we will offer 15 hospitals or cancer centers financial awards of $10,000 to put towards the cost associated with applying for this certification.
Vote now to bring much needed palliative care certification to a hospital near you: