Integrating Early Palliative Care into Treatment for Some Advanced Cancers

This week’s Be Well segment focuses on “palliative care.” It’s a term unfamiliar to many of us and one that often gets confused with hospice – or “end-of-life” care. Hospice is actually a subset of palliative care that usually occurs when a patient has six months or less to live. But palliative care can be delivered at any point in a patient’s illness and in conjunction with regular treatment. Producer Kay Colby tells us how it’s being used early in one local program for patients with advanced cancer.


Please note, the work of a Canadian artist, Robert Pope, is featured in this report with permission of the Robert Pope Foundation. More information about Pope’s work can be found at:


To access a study about the benefits of early palliative for patients with advanced lung cancer click here.

To learn more about the difference between hospice and palliative care click here.


To visit the home page of the Annals of Palliative Medicine click here.



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