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Palliative care

What is palliative care?

Palliative care is specialized treatment for any of the pain, discomfort or stress of an advanced or life-threatening illness. Palliative care is often misunderstood or mistaken as solely end-of-life care. In fact, it can help you at any stage of a life-threatening illness. Palliative care is medical care designed to support any other treatment you receive by helping you live as comfortably as possible throughout your illness. The benefits of palliative care are many.

Palliative care:

  • Vigorously treats pain, symptoms such as nausea and fatigue, depression and anxiety throughout illness.
  • Helps keep you as comfortable and active as possible so you can pursue meaningful daily activities.
  • Develops a plan for the care you want to receive and ensures that the medical team coordinates to provide that care.
  • Counsels you and your family members when you are faced with difficult medical decisions or need emotional support.
  • Provides a team-based approach to patient care, with input from nursing, social work, care management and pastoral care in conjunction with a palliative care physician.

Where can I learn more about palliative care?

Learn more about palliative care by visiting frequently asked questions. Or explore the following resources for information about our on-site resource libraries and for links to more information about living with a chronic illness and receiving palliative care.

If you have questions about a family member being cared for by the Regions Hospital Hospice & Palliative Care Team, we want to help. Call 651-254-1773, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Additional resources

General resources


Chronic illness organizations

End of life


Pain & other symptoms