You can receive palliative care if you have a serious illness. You can be at any stage of any illness and at any age.

People with many different illnesses can benefit from palliative care. Some common illnesses include:

  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
  • Alzheimer’s or Dementia
  • Cancer
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • Congestive heart failure (CHF)
  • Kidney disease
  • Liver disease
  • Stroke

This list does not include all types of diseases.

Palliative care aims to improve the quality of life for people affected by any serious illness. This includes both the patient and their loved ones.

Your doctor may suggest palliative care if you or your loved ones:

  • Have uncontrolled pain
  • Suffer symptoms such as nausea, constipation, fatigue, or shortness of breath
  • Suffer from negative emotions such as anxiety, depression, or stress
  • Need help managing side effects of treatment
  • Need help understanding the illness and different treatment options
  • Would benefit from social or spiritual support and care
  • Cannot fully take part in daily activities such as dressing or bathing
  • Need help working together with your many different doctors and medical staff

Don’t hesitate to ask your doctor about palliative care. You can also find help in your area at

Palliative care: any illness at any stage for any age.