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Cancer Pain

Cancer-pain.org aims to help cancer patients receive the pain treatment they deserve.

Review Date: February 19, 2013

Association of Cancer Online Resources

Definitions of Palliative Care

Palliative care provides relief from pain and other distressing symptoms, and is used early in the course of illness with other therapies that are intended to prolong life, such as chemotherapy or radiation therapy. Palliative care intends neither to hasten nor postpone death.

Review Date: May 31, 2011

Hospice Education Institute

Definitions: Hospice vs. Palliative Care

Find out the differences between hospice and palliative care, and when these two types of care overlap.

Review Date: May 31, 2011

Hospice Education Institute

Fentanyl Patch Can Be Deadly to Children

The FDA issued a safety alert to warn patients, caregivers and health care professionals about the dangers of accidental exposure to and improper storage and disposal of the fentanyl patch. Find out how to protect children from accidental exposure.

Review Date: April 20, 2012

U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Find a Hospice or Palliative Care Program

Find a local hospice or palliative care program offering compassionate care for people facing a life-limiting illness or injury, or call the NHPCO HelpLine at 1-800-658-8898.

Review Date: January 25, 2013

National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization

GetPalliativeCare.org

Palliative care specializes in the relief of the pain, symptoms and stress of serious illness. This site provides information for patients and their families to help make medical decisions and choose treatments.

Review Date: July 31, 2012

The Center to Advance Palliative Care

Palliative Care- (PDF)

Palliative care is comprehensive treatment of the discomfort, symptoms and stress of serious illness. You don’t have to be in hospice or at the end of life to receive palliative care.

Review Date: June 14, 2012

NIH National Institute of Nursing Research - NINR

Palliative Care in Cancer

The goal of palliative care is to prevent or treat the symptoms and side effects of the disease and its treatment, in addition to the related psychological, social, and spiritual problems. Find out how palliative care can be beneficial to patient and family health and well-being.

Review Date: June 14, 2012

NIH National Cancer Institute

Supportive and Palliative Care (Coping with Cancer)

This page links consumers and health care professionals to cancer information summaries related to a variety of common complications of cancer and its treatment. Topics covered include anxiety disorders, depression, nausea and vomiting, nutrition, pruritis, sleep disorders, grief and bereavement, and many more.

Review Date: December 12, 2012

NIH National Cancer Institute

What is Hospice?

Hospice is a special concept of care designed to provide comfort and support to patients and their families when a life-limiting illness no longer responds to cure-oriented treatments.

Review Date: April 12, 2011

Hospice Foundation of America