DRCC Palliative Care Service

Palliative care is a special kind of healthcare for individuals living with a life-limiting illness. The goal of palliative care is to provide comfort and dignity as well as the best quality of life.

You may be seen by a palliative care doctor or team because you have pain or other symptoms from your illness.

You may be given palliative care support at any time throughout your cancer journey. You may be given this care while you are at home or in the hospital.

Your family doctor or specialist can refer you to the Palliative Care Service at the Durham Regional Cancer Centre.

  • If you are coming to the Durham Regional Cancer Centre, you may be given an appointment with the Palliative Care Service. You may be seen for an appointment at the cancer centre or by a telephone or video appointment.
  • If you are in the hospital, you may be seen by a palliative care doctor from the Palliative Care Service.
  • If you can’t leave your home for an appointment, a palliative care doctor from the Palliative Care Service may come to your home.

Helpful information

Making decisions about your future care

Supports and resources for caregivers

Medical Assistance in Dying

Websites with helpful information