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What does palliative care involve?

Palliative care is available for anyone who has a progressive life-limiting disease.

The care required is determined by an individual patient's needs. Services are available that are age and culturally appropriate.

A specialist palliative care service can help provide:

  • pain and symptom relief by providing medication and information about drugs
  • practical advice and support for the woman and her family/carers
  • temporary respite care to give carers some ‘time out’
  • counselling and support groups for the woman and those close to her
  • support with spiritual issues through referral to appropriate resources
  • support in helping women and those close to her prepare for the later stages of metastatic breast cancer, including understanding preferences for where she would like to die
  • bereavement support for families and carers.