With palliative care, you can get physical, emotional, and spiritual support at any stage of a serious illness, including congestive heart failure, kidney disease, multiple sclerosis, or cancer. But many patients who are seriously ill miss the benefits of palliative care. Their doctors often wait too long to order it. Or they simply don’t refer patients for palliative care. Palliative care is a big help when you are seriously ill. Here’s why.