Palliative & End-of-Life Care

Palliative care focuses on improving a patient’s quality of life during and after cancer treatment. It includes providing care for physical symptoms, emotional challenges, practical matters (ex. finances) as well as spiritual health. Palliative care providers help patients establish goals of care ranging from curative treatment to quality of life in addition to coordinating care between cancer patients and their caregivers.

For some cancer patients, cancer may be a terminal illness. In Maine, cancer is one of the leading causes of death and the need for high quality, end-of-life services is crucial. End-of-life care topics include home care, hospice care, spirituality, emotional support, designation of a health proxy/agent and settling of estate matters. High quality end-of-life care is essential for cancer patients and their families in Maine.

Currently, Maine Cancer Foundation is in the process of rebuilding our Palliative and End-of-Life Care Workgroup. We are actively recruiting workgroup members who may be:

  • Cancer patients
  • Caregivers of cancer patients
  • Healthcare professionals who provide end-of-life care
  • Hospice professionals
  • Social workers and therapists
  • Spiritual leaders
  • Legal Service Providers
  • Maine residents committed to high quality cancer care services at end of life

If you have questions about the Palliative and End-of-Life Care Workgroup, please contact the Workgroup’s Co-Facilitators, Susan Lichtman Maataoui, VA Maine Healthcare System, at [email protected], or Aysha Sheikh, Maine Cancer Foundation, at [email protected]. To join the Maine Cancer Foundation Membership and become a member of the Palliative and End-of-Life Care Workgroup, please click here