The goal of the Palliative Care Alaska Networks (PCAN) to advocate for high-quality care and grow a network within Alaska dedicated to advancing palliative care services.
Palliative Care is more than hospice care or for those at end
of life; Palliative care is about living well with a life-limiting
illness or condition.
Palliative care supports a patient and their family throughout serious illness, whether the prognosis is curative, chronic or terminal. The goal is to improve patients’ overall quality of life by alleviating symptoms and stress of illness. It is a complimentary treatment plan that includes a team of doctors, nurses, social workers, physical/occupational therapist, religious/spiritual chaplains, and other specialists. Palliative care works alongside a patient’s primary medical team or village clinic, while keeping the person and their family at the center of the care with as much participation as they choose. Palliative care is supportive care that is appropriate for all ages, at any stage of chronic or serious illness, and is provided in both inpatient or outpatient setting.