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Resources: Palliative Care

American Board of Hospice and Palliative Medicine
Provides information on palliative care and a directory of ABHPM certified physicians.

9200 Daleview Court
Silver Spring, MD 20901

American Pain Foundation
Provides a survey to screen yourself for depression and access to on-line support.

201 N. Charles St., Suite 710
Baltimore, MD 21201-4111

Americans for Better Care of the Dying
Track changes in public policy, as well as reforms in pain management and support for family caregivers.

4125 Albemarle St., NW, Suite 210
Washington, DC 20016

Center to Advance Palliative Care
Search the latest resources in palliative care available to hospitals and health care systems.

Mount Sinai School of Medicine

1255 5th Ave, Suite C-2
New York, NY 10029-6574

Department of Pain Medicine and Palliative Care
A pain related website for consumers and professionals.

New York Beth Israel Medical Center

Department of Symptom Control and Palliative Care
Provides information and resources about symptom control and palliative care.

M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
1515 Holcombe, Box 08
Houston, TX 77030

Growth House
Excellent source for books, websites and other publications regarding pain and palliative care.

San Francisco, CA

National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization
Provides a search for palliative care and hospice, as well as statistics, resources and information.

1700 Diagonal Rd., Suite 300
Alexandria, VA 22314

Provides "a world of information about pain", including an "ask the doctor" section.

Palliative Care Overview
Provides an overview of palliative care and pain treatment.


Cancer Doesn't Have to Hurt : How to Conquer the Pain Caused by Cancer and Cancer Treatment, Pamela J. Haylock, Carol P. Curtiss. Hunter House, 1997.
Written by two oncology nurses, this book provides information about pain management for cancer patients and their families.

The Dying Process: Patients' Experiences of Palliative Care, Julie Lawton. Routledge, 2000.

Handbook For Mortals: Guidance For People Facing Serious Illness, Joanne Lynn, M.D. and Joan Harrold, M.D., Foreword by Rosalynn Carter. Oxford University Press, 1999.
A comprehensive and authoritative guide to end of life care, written for a general audience by a team of specialists that includes some of the world's leading authorities in the field. This readable and sensible book should be read by every family caring for a loved one who is seriously ill, and by every medical professional working in a palliative care setting.

Hospice and Palliative Care: Questions And Answers, Virginia F. Sendor and Patrice M. O'Connor. Scarecrow Press, 1997.
This book addresses many of the most common concerns of terminally ill patients and their families in an easy to read and easy to understand question and answer format.

Living With Dying: A Guide for Palliative Care, Cicely M. Saunders, Mary Baines and Robert Dunlop. Oxford University Press, 1995.

A Physician's Guide to Pain and Symptom Management in Cancer Patients: A guidebook for primary care physicians, internists, and oncologists, Janet L. Abrahm, M.D. John Hopkins University Press, 2000.
Although written for health care professionals, this is a good resource for patients and family members who want to make more informed decisions about their care. There are two separate bibliographies targeted at the needs of physicians and of patients and family members.

Ready to Live: Prepared to Die. A Provocative Guide to the Rest of Your Life Amy Harwell, Harold Shaw Publications, 1995.
A book about being alive while preparing for death. The author was diagnosed with terminal cancer and set out to come to terms with her own illness. In the process she discovered the liberation that can come from living consciously in the present and accepting one's mortality as a part of life. The tone is confident and upbeat while remaining realistic about what's in store.