Palliative Care

Specialized Care Focused on Helping You and Your Loved Ones Live Well with a Cancer Diagnosis
 

Our palliative care team, working with your oncologist and other healthcare providers, focuses on preventing, managing and relieving the symptoms of cancer and the side effects of treatment. In addition to treating physical issues, such as pain, nausea and fatigue, palliative care also focuses on relieving stress and supporting your emotional, spiritual, and practical needs, as well as the needs of your loved ones and caregivers. You can receive palliative care at any age and at any stage of your cancer diagnosis. Talking about palliative care anytime during a cancer diagnosis can help you and your loved ones better understand what to expect from the illness and treatment, plan for the future, clarify your goals and expectations and maintain your quality of life.

Palliative care services can include visits with specially-trained team members such as doctors, advance practice providers (like nurse practitioners and physician assistants), nurses, social workers, and dieticians, helping with a range of issues to better support you and your loved ones. This extra layer of support has been shown to reduce symptom burden, enhance emotional well-being of patients, loved ones, and caregivers, increase function and quality of life and facilitate more robust communication and care coordination amongst the healthcare team.

How we can help:

  • Comprehensive management of symptoms to provide relief from pain, nausea, fatigue, insomnia, loss of appetite, shortness of breath, constipation and other physical issues related to cancer and its treatment
  • Nutritional guidance
  • Emotional support and tools for you, your loved ones, and caregivers to enhance coping
  • Treatment of depression and anxiety as related to the cancer diagnosis
  • Resources to address practical needs, such as caregiving, transportation and financial assistance
  • Clarification of what to expect from illness and goals of treatment
  • Support and advocacy of personal values and priorities to enable you and your loved ones to live as well as possible with a cancer illness
  • Facilitated communication with your health care providers as well as with loved ones and caregivers
  • Advance care planning (recommended for any adult age 18 and older) to establish health care wishes and priorities and provide valuable information to your health care team in the event that you are not able to speak for yourself, to designate health care representatives and to plan for the future
  • Guidance and support around treatment decisions and goals of care

Resources

A Guide to Palliative or Supportive Care

Advance Directives

10 Tips For Understanding How Palliative Care Can Help People With Cancer

Videos

Palliative Care: YOU Are a BRIDGE

What is Palliative Care – An Introduction for Patients and their Families

Palliative Care Helps You Live Well

How to Choose a Health Care Proxy & How to Be a Health Care Proxy

National Healthcare Decisions Day Speak Up Video