Palliative Care

Palliative care focuses on preventing, managing, and relieving the symptoms of cancer and the side effects of cancer treatment. It also provides comprehensive support to people living with cancer and their family, friends, and caregivers. Anyone, regardless of age or type and stage of cancer may receive palliative care before, after, and during treatment. Talking about palliative care soon after a cancer diagnosis helps patients better understand their prognosis and goals of treatment, clarify their expectations, and maintain their quality of life.

Caring for the Symptoms of Cancer and Its Treatment

Learn about the importance of relieving the symptoms and side effects of cancer and its treatment.

Managing Side Effects

Learn about managing the potential side effects of cancer and cancer treatment.

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Additional Resource

Download ASCO’s free booklet, Palliative Care, as a printable PDF in English (32 pages) or Spanish (36 pages). Order printed copies of the booklet in English from the ASCO University Bookstore.