Can Palliative Care Help Me?

A resource to help with difficult decisions

As a patient at The University of Kansas Cancer Center, you may ask your physician to contact palliative care if you have an incurable illness and are having any of the following thoughts:

  • I want and need to talk with someone about dying, yet I'm scared and don't know who can talk me.
  • I wish I had more help managing the symptoms of my illness.
  • I want to make decisions about my care now, before I get too sick to speak for myself.
  • My family is having a hard time accepting that I'm dying.
  • I want to feel as good and be as independent as I can for as long as possible.

Our specialists can connect you and your family to resources to help you understand your condition and make choices about:

  • Advanced care
  • Communication with loves ones
  • Finances
  • Plans to meet personal care needs
  • Symptom management
  • Treatment
Palliative Care Team

Compassionate team of specialists

Our compassionate team of specialists includes:

  • Physicians
  • Clinical nurse specialists
  • Social workers
  • Chaplains
  • Psychologists
  • Pharmacists
  • Dietitians
  • Volunteers
  • Medical students and residents

The palliative care team works with each patient, the family and primary medical specialty team. They develop a comprehensive plan to address the physical, spiritual and emotional concerns that contribute to the patient's quality of life.

The palliative care team:

  • Helps manage pain and other symptoms
  • Brings medical providers, patients and families together to create a patient-centered plan of care
  • Coordinates palliative home health and hospice services
  • Provides emotional support for family members

Palliative Care Resources

Access materials for more information

Caring Connections
National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) provides resources and information to help people make decisions about end-of-life care and services before a crisis.

Family Caregiver Alliance
Not-for-profit organization about the needs of families and friends providing long-term care at home.
Educational site sponsored by the Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC).

Hospice Foundation of America
Information about hospice care and links to hospice locations.

National Family Caregivers Association
This association educates, supports and empowers those who are caring for loved ones with chronic illnesses or disabilities.