Palliative care is for people of any age and at any stage in an illness, whether that illness is curable, chronic, or life-threatening. If you or a loved one are suffering from symptoms of a disease or disorder, be sure to ask your current physician for a referral for a palliative care consult.

The overall goal of palliative care is to improve your and your family's quality of life while you are ill. Research shows the benefits of palliative care that people often live longer when they receive palliative care along with other treatments that are targeted at their illness. Financial coverage for palliative care varies.