What is Palliative Care

Palliative Care (pronounced pal-lee-uh-tiv) is specialized medical care for people with serious illnesses. It is for any age and any stage of a serious illness. It can and should be provided together with curative treatment.

Palliative Care focuses on providing patients with relief from the symptoms and stress of a serious illness — no matter the diagnosis. The goal is to improve quality of life for both the patient and the family. Palliative Care works with a patient and their family to determine goals of care based on the patient’s values and what is medically possible.

The Palliative Care Specialist will spend as much time as necessary with you and your family. They become a partner with you, your family and your other doctors. They 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.