Palliative care is specialized medical care that focuses on relief of the symptoms and stress of serious illness. The goal is to prevent and ease suffering and to improve quality of life for patients and their families. Palliative care is appropriate at any age and any stage of an illness. And, it can be provided at the same time as curative treatment. Palliative care provides an extra layer of support to patients and families living with serious illness. We work with the patient’s primary medical team, the patient and family to develop the best and most holistic treatment plan for the patient during any stage of illness - whether at a new diagnosis, or during treatment. We also work with those who have ended curative treatment and desire care focused on enhancing their quality of life. Our team of palliative care professionals includes doctors, nurses, social workers and chaplains who are experts in providing relief from symptoms, pain and stresses of serious illness – whatever the diagnosis.
Palliative Care Service can help patients and their families:
- Live the best possible life.
- Connect to information and resources they need.
- Manage the feelings that come with serious illness.
- Create stability when many different medical teams are involved with the patients care.
- Talk about complex medical issues and make important decisions.
- Match healthcare goals to medical treatments.
- Control pain and other symptoms when needed.
- Make end of life care decisions.
- Build memories and legacies for their family through letters, audio and/or videotaped stories.
- Navigate the grief process
Palliative Care Service:
A member of the Palliative Care Service team will meet with patient, family and primary medical care team members to gain an understanding of what is most important to the patient and family.
For news, academic, and research information please visit the Palliative Care Center’s website
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