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Palliative Care

Compassionate Care to Improve Your Quality of Life

 

When faced with a serious illness, many patients need a special kind of care – care that focuses on pain relief, symptom management and improving quality of life.

Our palliative care doctors strive to alleviate your symptoms and prevent suffering as you undergo treatment for cancer and other diseases. 

Our goal is to improve your quality of life whether your discomfort is caused by your illness or treatment of your illness.

Our doctors see patients at any stage of illness. 

Palliative

Our Palliative Care Team and You

  • Our interdisciplinary team includes doctors, nurses, social workers, nutritionists, music therapists, chaplains, massage therapists and psychologists. If you have cancer, we work side by side with your cancer team to help manage your symptoms.
  • We’ll work with you and your family to provide physical and emotional support as you face issues related to a serious illness. If you’re in the hospital, our on-call doctors are available to help with symptom management at any point in your illness.
  • We’ll help with discharge planning, and once you leave the hospital, our outpatient clinic can provide you with follow-up care.

Symptom Management

We help you or your loved one manage the symptoms and discomfort of life-limiting illnesses, including:

  • Pain
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Fatigue
  • Depression
  • Peripheral neuropathy (nerve damage in hands and feet)
  • Weight loss
  • Constipation
  • Anxiety
  • Other symptoms caused by cancer or the treatment of cancer

How is Palliative Care Different From Hospice Care?

  • The goals of palliative care are to relieve pain and distressing symptoms of anyone with a severe disease.
  • Ideally, palliative care should be started when you're diagnosed and continue as your disease progresses. 
  • The palliative care team sees patients who are receiving chemotherapy treatments, as well as those who have been cured of cancer but have serious, ongoing side effects from treatment.
  • Hospice care uses palliative care principles, but it's designed to care for people in the last six months of their lives.
Making Decisions

If you're experiencing side effects, we help you weigh the benefits and burdens of treatment such as chemotherapy. If a disease no longer responds to treatment, we can help you with your goals and choices, including the option of hospice and other end-of-life issues.

A Holistic Approach

We’re one of the few hospitals in the country offering such an extensive palliative care program. 

We work with community providers to bring you complementary, alternative therapies, like acupuncture and massage. 

We give you a broad range of choices so that you can find what works for you. We also work closely with home care and hospice care organizations.