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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.

Our palliative care doctors strive to alleviate your symptoms and prevent suffering as you undergo treatment for cancer and other diseases, at any stage of illness. 

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.

Our palliative care doctors strive to alleviate your symptoms and prevent suffering as you undergo treatment for cancer and other diseases, at any stage of illness. 

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

Our Palliative Care Team and You

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

    • 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.
Defining Palliative Care

How Palliative Care Differs From Hospice

We offer palliative care to relieve the pain and distressing symptoms of anyone with a severe disease. Hospice care, on the other hand, offers services to people in the last six months of their lives.

  • Ideally, palliative care should be started when you're diagnosed and continue as your disease progresses.
  • We see patients who are receiving chemotherapy treatments, as well as those who have been cured of cancer but have serious, ongoing side effects from treatment.

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.

How We Help

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
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.

Advance Directives

Advance directives are legal documents for you to make your healthcare decisions known. Your completed form will be placed in your medical record (PDF).

Learn more about making healthcare decisions and how advance directives work.

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