For Families & Patients

Palliative care supports people with a life-limiting illness and their families to live, die and grieve well.
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Difficulty breathing

People with diseases affecting their lungs can benefit greatly from palliative care.

Difficulty breathing or breathlessness – also called dyspnoea – can be very frightening for the person and their family.

Breathlessness can be helped with treatment.

Good pain control may help, as pain can stop you from coughing or taking deep breaths to clear your chest.

Finding ways to relax and reduce the anxiety caused by breathlessness can also help.

Ask your doctor or palliative care team for assistance.