Many different kinds of patients attend specialist palliative care services, but all have a life-limiting condition. Treatment and care is aimed at helping the patient to live as well as possible, for as long as possible. Many of our patients have advanced cancer, while others have illnesses such as severe heart or lung disease.
People can need specialist palliative care at different stages of their illness. Some patients may be attending hospital specialists for active treatments to control their illness (like chemotherapy or radiotherapy), while others may have stopped hospital treatments. Some will have months or years to live; others may have only days or weeks. Patients are referred for specialist attention for many reasons, such as difficult-to-manage symptoms (like pain or nausea).