Palliative care & end of life care

Palliative care focuses on helping patients to maintain the best possible quality of life. Palliative care includes a variety of treatments to help with any physical problems as well as social and psychological needs. Support also extends to family, friends and carers who may have concerns. Palliative care may be provided in parallel with other treatments, such as chemotherapy or radiotherapy.

End of life care is support for people who are approaching death, and likely to die within the next 12 months. End of life care, which includes palliative care, helps them live as well as possible. It encompasses the management of all symptoms, including pain, and provides psychological, social, spiritual and practical support. It also includes support for their family or carers. We are working to to ensure that the care people receive at the end of their life is compassionate, appropriate and gives people choices in where they die and how they are cared for.

The London Cancer Alliance palliative care pathway group

The palliative care pathway group was formed in January 2012, to improve the access, experience and outcomes for patients requiring palliative care, irrespective of diagnosis, across the London Cancer Alliance (LCA) populations. 

The membership of the group brings together specialist NHS and voluntary sector expertise from primary, secondary and tertiary care, as well as service users, to enable development of high quality patient centred care. 

The palliative care pathway group supports the aims and objectives of the LCA, in providing world class cancer services across south and west London.

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