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What is Palliative Care?

Who benefits from Palliative Care?

  • Anyone who has serious illness affecting their quality of life or causing them significant discomfort
  • Anyone who has questions about their treatment plan, or needs additional support

What can the Palliative Care team do for you?
Professionals can:

  • Treat your pain and symptoms such as nausea, fatigue, depression and anxiety
  • Help you maintain the most comfortable, independent and active life possible
  • Provide answers, assistance and emotional support to you and your family when making difficult medical decisions
  • Help coordinate care and treatment with your doctors and care team
  • Identify support services to help you during and after your hospital stay

We can address these needs with an experienced team of specially trained physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses, social workers and chaplains. This team works with your doctor to provide the best possible care.

What can I expect from Palliative Care?

  • Relief from distressing symptoms such as pain, shortness of breath, fatigue, loss of appetite, difficulty sleeping
  • Improved ability to carry on with your life
  • Improved ability to tolerate medical treatment
  • Better understanding of your medical condition and medical choices

When is the right time for Palliative Care?
Palliative Care helps during all stages of serious illness. It is best introduced early, alongside curative treatment.

Is Palliative Care the same as hospice care?
No, hospice care is meant specifically for those approaching the last stages of life. Palliative care is appropriate for all stages of a serious illness.

How and where can I get Palliative Care?
To begin palliative care, ask your doctor for a referral.


For patients approaching end of life, click here to learn more about hospice services.