Patients & Families
Patients and Families
Palliative Care
The Palliative Care Team works with patients and families to support and provide care related to pain and symptom management, as well as end-of-life care. The team is usually made up of doctors, nurses, pharmacists, social workers, dietitians, physiotherapists and occupational therapists.

People often think that palliative care is only for cancer patients who are dying. This is not so. Palliative care professionals are skilled and thoughtful people who focus on aspects of cancer treatment other than the cure. In other words, they treat the symptoms of cancer (like pain) and the side effects of cancer treatment. Their role is to provide you with the best possible care to ensure that you can enjoy the fullest possible range of activities during and after your cancer treatment.

The following organizations offer information about hospice and palliative care

Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association
The Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association (CHPCA) is the national association that provides leadership in hospice palliative care in Canada. CHPCA offers leadership in the pursuit of excellence in care for persons approaching death so that the burdens of suffering, loneliness and grief are lessened. This website includes a Canadian directory of related services, information about the Quality End-of-Life Care Coalition, and other resources.

Canadian Virtual Hospice
The Canadian Virtual Hospice is an interactive network of information and support for people dealing with life-threatening illness and loss.

Health Canada: Palliative Care Info Sheet for Seniors
This web page provides answers to eight common questions about palliative care.

Living Lessons
Living Lessons is a national initiative to increase awareness of hospice palliative care services in Canada. The campaign is presented in partnership with the Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association and the GlaxoSmithKline Foundation

Nova Scotia Hospice Palliative Care Association is the provincial body for hospice and palliative care in Nova Scotia.

You may also find it helpful to read the booklet “Living with Advanced Cancer”