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Palliative Care

Palliative care is specialized medical care for people living with serious illness. It focuses on providing relief from the symptoms and stress of a serious illness. The goal is to improve the quality of life for both the patient and the family.

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Palliative care is provided by a team of doctors, nurses, and social workers. It is appropriate at any age and at any stage of a serious illness.

Palliative care is often associated with hospice and end of life care. While most patients seen by palliative care have a serious or advanced illness, the palliative care team most often works alongside other medical teams to provide quality care for patients who are receiving life-sustaining or restorative treatments. In addition to assessing and treating patients with serious illnesses, we also help patients and their families make difficult medical decisions.

Palliative care is available in the hospital setting and in the outpatient oncology clinic. For select patients, home-based care is also available. Treatment and assistance of patients and families include  the following conditions:

  • cancer
  • heart failure
  • lung disease
  • advanced liver
  • kidney problems, or
  • dementia

Common symptoms managed by Palliative Medicine specialists include:

  • pain
  • nausea
  • constipation
  • fatigue
  • shortness of breath
  • anxiety
  • agitation
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