Symptoms - Carer Topics


There are a number of symptoms that are commonly experienced by people with palliative care needs. These resources provide practical information on the symptoms and how to support the person.

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Breathing changes

Shortness of breath, Cancer Council
What to do when you have difficulty breathing, Central Grampians Palliative Care


Dealing with constipation, Central Grampians Palliative Care
What is constipation?, All Ireland Institute of Hospice and Palliative Care


Fatigue and cancer, Cancer Council Victoria
Weakness and fatigue Marie Curie

General symptoms

Common side effects, Cancer Council
Eating and drinking changes near end of life, Central Grampians Palliative Care
Palliative care – dealing with common symptoms, Better Health Channel
Tips for managing common symptoms at end of life, CarerHelp


Incontinence and continence problems, Better Health Channel

Mental state

Delirium – community information, Australasian Delirium Association

Nausea and vomiting

How to deal with nausea, Central Grampians Palliative Care


Facts about morphine and other opioid medicines for pain in palliative care (pdf, 1.6MB), Palliative Care Australia
Facts about morphine and other opioid medicines in palliative care, Palliative Care Australia
Pain diary (pdf, 84.7kb), Breastcancer
Pain assessment tool – rating scale (pdf, 328kb), Agency for Clinical Innovation
Managing pain, Central Grampians Palliative Care