4.4 Palliative care

4.4 Palliative care

Early referral to palliative care can improve the quality of life for people with cancer and, in some cases, may be associated with survival benefits (Haines 2011; Temel et al. 2010; Zimmermann et al. 2014). Communication about the value of palliative care in improving symptom management and quality of life and should be emphasised to women and their carers.

The multidisciplinary team should ensure women receive timely and appropriate referral to palliative care services. Referral should be based on need rather than prognosis.

Ensure the needs and preferences of the person’s family and carers are assessed and directly inform support and guidance about their role (Palliative Care Australia 2018).

The woman and her carer should be encouraged to develop an advance care plan (AHMAC 2011).

Further information

Refer patients and carers to Palliative Care Australia.