The Palliative Care program can help patients at any stage of a serious illness. It is best introduced early in the plan of care but can be received any time, including before, during and after treatments for disease.

Palliative care helps by:

  • Reducing or controlling pain and debilitating symptoms that accompany persistent illness
  • Offering patient and family meetings to assist with medical decisions
  • Providing support and a listening ear through the changes that persistent illness brings to one’s life
  • Collaborating with a patient’s primary physician to ensure best possible treatment

No. The palliative care team works in partnership with the patient’s primary doctor to ensure complete, well-coordinated treatment. Palliative medicine complements the primary physician’s care when comfort, counseling, and quality of life become increasingly important.

  • Physician, often certified in hospice and palliative medicine
  • Advance practice nurses who specialize in pain and symptom management
  • Clinical social workers skilled in complex care planning, logistical and emotional support for health-related stress and decision making
  • Music and massage therapists to complement your healthcare
  • Spiritual support person who provides specialized interventions that are consistent with patient and family cultural, spiritual and religious beliefs

Available services and programs may vary with each location.

No. Palliative care works in partnership with your doctor throughout your course of treatment.

No. Palliative care assists with the management of pain, symptoms, and stress of illness at any stage. Hospice services are specifically for people who have a life limiting condition.