Palliative Care

Dedicated to Relieving Suffering and Improving Quality of Life
for Patients and Their Families

Palliative care provides patients with relief from the symptoms, pain and stress of a serious illness – whatever the diagnosis. Working with a patient’s physicians, a palliative care team of specialists can provide the patient and family with an extra layer of support.

How is palliative care different from hospice care? Palliative care" and "hospice care" are terms often used interchangeably. Not only is that incorrect, but it also limits access to appropriate services and resources for patients and families early in the course of illness and treatment.

Unlike Hospice Care: Palliative care can be provided to patients who are expected to live with or recover from an illness. Palliative care can be provided together with treatments directed at curing an illness. Hospice patients always receive palliative care, but hospice focuses on a person’s last months of life.

Research Findings: 
A widely publicized 2010 study published in the New England Journal of Medicine looked at terminal lung cancer patients and found that patients who received palliative care as soon as they were diagnosed were in less pain, happier and more mobile than those who didn't receive such care, and the patients ultimately lived nearly three months longer.

Frequently Asked Questions

#1 How do you know if you need Palliative Care?

It’s never too early to consider palliative care if you: 
     1. Suffer from pain or other symptoms due to ANY serious illness
     2. Experience physical or emotional pain that is not under control
     3. Need help understanding your situation and coordinating your care
Illnesses and treatments can cause exhaustion, anxiety and depression for patients and families. Palliative care teams understand that pain and other symptoms often affect your quality of life and can leave you unable to pursue the things you enjoy.

#2 What symptoms can be addressed by palliative care?

-pain                                     -shortness of breath
-fatigue                                 -constipation
-nausea                                -loss of appetite
-problems with sleep         -side effects of treatment
-anxiety and depression