Palliative Care

Palliative Care FAQs

Here are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about palliative care.

What is Palliative Care?

If you have a serious illness, palliative care can provide relief from the symptoms, pain, and stress —whatever your diagnosis. Our team of doctors, nurses, and specialists work together with your other doctors to provide an extra layer of support and improve your quality of life. We can help at any age and at any stage in a serious illness, along with your ongoing medical treatment.

We offer palliative care if you are suffering from serious and chronic illnesses such as cancer, cardiac disease such as congestive heart failure (CHF), chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), kidney failure, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).

We can help lessen symptoms such as pain, shortness of breath, fatigue, constipation, nausea, loss of appetite, difficulty sleeping, and depression. We also help you gain the strength to carry on with daily life and tolerate medical treatments. And we can give you more control over your care by improving communication so that you can better understand your choices for treatment.

A Partnership of Patient, Specialists, and Family

We take a team approach to providing palliative care. Your core team will include a doctor, nurse, and social worker, all of whom specialize in palliative care. Massage therapists, pharmacists, nutritionists, chaplains, and others may also be part of the team.

We will spend as much time as necessary with you and your family, partnering with you, your family, and your other doctors. We support you and your family every step of the way, not only by controlling your symptoms, but also by helping you to understand your treatment options and goals. Working together with your primary doctor, our palliative care team provides:

  • Close communication
  • Expert management of pain and other symptoms
  • Help navigating the health care system
  • Guidance with difficult and complex treatment choices
  • Emotional and spiritual support for you and your family