• Palliative Care

    If you have cancer, you may be experiencing pain, stress, fatigue, difficulty sleeping and other chronic symptoms. Palliative care, also known as comfort care, can help you cope with these problems and improve your quality of life.

    Palliative care is sometimes confused with hospice care. Hospice care is for those who are expected to live less than six months. Palliative care is for anyone suffering a serious illness, at any stage of that illness. You can receive palliative care alongside treatment for your condition.

    Palliative medicine can help with:

    • Better symptom control.
    • Fewer hospital and emergency room visits.
    • Improved quality of life.
    • Improved satisfaction with care.
    • Lower medical costs.

    Medical care can often be complex. Our palliative care team can help you and your family talk through what you want and focus on the big picture.

    Palliative Care Services

    Our palliative care team includes doctors, nurses, social workers and a chaplain ready to help you wherever you are in your cancer journey. We will:

    • Coordinate care between palliative, primary and specialist care teams.
    • Help you and your family understand your prognosis and what to expect at each stage of care.
    • Facilitate challenging family meetings.
    • Help navigate and communicate your health care options.
    • Set realistic goals for your care.
    • Offer emotional, psychological, social and spiritual support to you and your family.
    • Provide pain control and symptom management (for fatigue, nausea, insomnia, etc.).

    Your primary care doctor will continue to direct your care and play an active role in your treatment. Your palliative care team simply provides an extra layer of support. Our goals are to improve quality of life for you and your family and to give you care and treatment that fits with your values.

    Contact our Palliative Care Team

    We offer palliative care services through our community partnership with Chesapeake Palliative Medicine. Consultation is available while you’re in the hospital. Just ask your care team for a referral.

    Our palliative care team also provides outpatient care in our clinic on the fifth floor of the Belcher Pavilion. You need a referral from your primary care provider. Our clinic accepts many insurance plans, including Medicare and Medicaid. Please verify coverage and copay before your visit.

    If you think palliative care might be right for you or a loved one, call 443-481-1230 for more information.