Growing recognition of palliative care as an integral aspect of cancer treatment, with the ability to improve quality of life and prevent unnecessary hospital admissions and the use of health services, especially when instituted early in the course of disease, has prompted the development of a range of guidelines concerning palliative cancer care.
Inpatients and outpatients with advanced cancer should receive dedicated palliative care services, early in the disease course, concurrent with active treatment. Referral of patients to interdisciplinary palliative care teams is optimal, and services may complement existing programs. Providers may refer family and friend caregivers of patients with early or advanced cancer to palliative care services as listed below:
CancerCare Manitoba has developed algorithms, one for urgent situations and one for non-urgent patients, to highlight the required steps to consider when initiating a referral to a palliative care program.
If you need assistance with coordinating palliative care for a cancer patient, please contact:
Helpline for Healthcare Professionals
Monday to Friday
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Call or text 204-226-2262
Palliative care services are offered in each of Manitoba's Regional Health Authorities (RHAs). To identify Palliative Care resources in your community, contact your Regional Health Authority. Each region health authority has developed their own palliative care application referral form.
Manitoba Health's Palliative Care Drug Access Program provides deductible-free medication for patients with advanced life-limiting illnesses receiving palliative-oriented care.
An application is required and should be forwarded to your RHA Palliative Care Coordinator.
The WRHA Palliative Care Program is a resource to the province of Manitoba. Health professionals experienced in managing complex palliative care issues are available 24 hours a day for consultation with other health-care professionals to assist in the care of adults and children with life-limiting illness, and to support health-care teams involved in their care.
Health Authority - Palliative Care Contact Information
|Winnipeg Regional Health Authority||204-237-2400|
|Southern Health - Santé Sud||204-388-2038|
|Interlake - Eastern Regional Health Authority||204-785-7739|
|Northern Regional Health Authority||Western Area||204-623-9661|
|Prairie-Mountain Health||Southwest Area (West of Hwy#10, South of Riding Mountain National Park)||204-747-1832|
|Southeast Area (East of Hwy#10, South of Riding Mountain National Park)||204-578-2307|
|Northern Area (North of Riding Mountain National Park)||
The CancerCare Manitoba MAiD policy can be found here: CCMB MAiD Policy
Additional helpful information about MAiD can also be found at the following websites: