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Palliative Care

When faced with a serious illness, you may need a special kind of care — care that focuses on pain relief, symptom management and improving the quality of your life.

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

Our goal: To improve your quality of life, whether you are suffering from your illness or its treatment.

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Palliative Care

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

Palliative Care

When faced with a serious illness, you may need a special kind of care — care that focuses on pain relief, symptom management and improving the quality of your life.

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

Our goal: To improve your quality of life, whether you are suffering from your illness or its treatment.

How Palliative Care Differs From Hospice


  • Palliative care
     serves anyone at any age suffering from pain and other extreme symptoms caused by severe disease or intense treatments, like chemotherapy. 

    Hospice care, on the other hand, offers palliative services to people in the last six months of their lives.

    Our team includes doctors, nurses, social workers, nutritionists, music therapists, chaplains, massage therapists and psychologists.

Palliative Services

Our Care Team: How We Help

Everything we do focuses on your wellness as a whole person, from logistics to symptom management. 

Emotional support: We don't just help with symptom management; we provide emotional support as you face issues related to a serious illness. 

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

Planning: We help with discharge planning and work closely with home care and hospice care organizations to help you find the resources you need.

Palliative Care for Cancer

  • Managing Symptoms

    If you have cancer, we work side by side with your cancer team to help manage your symptoms and the side effects of chemotherapy. 

  • Making Choices

    If a disease no longer responds to treatment, we can help you with your choices, including the option of hospice and other end-of-life issues.

  • Follow-Up Care

    Once you leave the hospital, we can provide you with follow-up care through our outpatient clinic.

What Palliative Care Treats

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

Conditions We Care For

Palliative Care for Children

Pediatric mortality can vary based on congenital disorders, inherited conditions, acquired diseases and trauma. Pediatric patients with life-limiting conditions can benefit from support that balances goals of a cure, prolonging life and palliative care.

Palliative care provides pain and symptom management and emotional, psychological and spiritual support to enhance the patient and family's comfort and function.

Advance Directives

Advance directives are legal documents for you to make your healthcare decisions known.

Access advance directive forms and learn how to manage your healthcare

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