Palliative or Supportive Care

Palliative care (or supportive care) is care that focuses on relieving symptoms caused by serious illnesses like cancer. It can be given at any point during a person’s illness to help them feel more comfortable. The information here will help you learn more about palliative care, sometimes also called supportive care.

If Cancer Treatment Stops Working

When many different treatments have been tried and are no longer controlling the cancer, it could be time to weigh the benefits and risks of continuing to try new treatments.

More Palliative Care Resources


  • Palliative Care Resources from ACS CAN - part of the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network's Patient Quality of Life initiative.
  • - provided by the Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC). Provides health care professionals with the tools, training and technical assistance necessary to start and sustain successful palliative care programs in hospitals and other health care settings.
  • Center to Advance Palliative Care - the leading resource for palliative care program development and growth. Access essential palliative care tools, education, resources and training for health care professionals.