Support at End of Life

End of life care is support or care given to people in advanced stages of their cancer or near the end of their life. It includes physical, emotional, social, and spiritual support. The Waterloo Wellington Regional Cancer Program has a palliative care team that can help you through your end of life care.

Palliative Care Consult Team

This is a service that you can access as an inpatient (someone who is staying overnight on the cancer unit) at Grand River Regional Cancer Centre.

This team of Palliative Care doctors and Nurse Practitioners offers the same services as the PSM team (see list above), but inside the hospital. They will visit you, or your loved one, while in the hospital.

The palliative care team works closely with your health care team to help treat you, manage your pain, and put a plan in place for you when you go home.

Advanced Care Planning

Advanced care planning (ACP) is making a plan for your future and your future health care.

ACP is the process of thinking about, and writing down, your wishes for present/future health care. It is a good idea to have this in writing in the event that something happens and you are not able to decide for yourself.

You will probably have many questions through your cancer treatment. It's important to discuss them with your cancer care team.

Planning for the future can help you:

  • Learn about options for your care
  • Make sure your wishes are known to others
  • Prevent your loved ones from making stressful or hard decisions

For more information visit: www.advancedcareplanning.ca


Palliative Care is more than end-of-life-care