Palliative Care services are available to patients at any phase of a life-threatening condition, including right after diagnosis or during active treatment such as chemotherapy or radiation. Services also are available to those living with a serious chronic illness or dealing with advanced stages of disease. In addition to helping with pain and symptom management, we help patients and families define their goals for care and make treatment choices. All services are coordinated with the other medical specialists delivering care.
The Palliative Care program welcomes patients and family members who are facing a serious or life-threatening illness, regardless of diagnosis or ability to pay. Services are provided to inpatients and outpatients. If required, we can provide referrals for hospice care her on the North Shore.
Our focus is on managing symptoms so that patients can enjoy their friends, families, and activities for as long as possible. Among the unique approaches we use to keep patients comfortable, active and alert are:
- A combination of medications and lifestyle approaches that focuses on maximum comfort and that is tailored to the needs of each patient
- Involvement of palliative care specialists early in treatment
- Outpatient clinics
- On-going bereavement support