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Palliative care is specialized medical care for people with a serious illness, such as cancer. While the primary goal of cancer treatment is to cure or control disease, there is an equally significant need to address the quality of life for both the patient and the family during the course of cancer care.
Levine Cancer Institute recognizes the importance of quality of life and supports early integration of palliative care during cancer treatment. We incorporate the principles of palliative care into the treatment of all patients with cancer at the time of diagnosis, not just the setting of advanced or terminal disease.
A Team Working for You
Palliative Care patients share their stories of treatment at Levine Cancer Institute. (2:18)
Our interdisciplinary approach allows patients the benefits of a well-rounded treatment team so they are better equipped to overcome the physical and psychological challenges as well as the pain related to cancer and associated symptoms.
Palliative care is provided by a team that includes doctors, advanced practice nurses, nurses, and other specialists who work together to provide an extra layer of support. To provide the most comprehensive care possible, our palliative care team works hand-in-hand with specialties such as interventional/anesthesia pain management, rehabilitation medicine, psychiatry and behavioral science, integrative medicine, chaplaincy, social work, pharmacy, wound care, radiation oncology, and neurology.
Our palliative care team assists individuals with a wide variety of needs. Most often, palliative care is offered to:
- Provide expert treatment of symptoms associated with cancer or cancer treatment
- Assist in coordination of care across multiple disciplines or services
- Devote time to listen to you, answer your questions about your disease and treatment options, and matching the treatments to your individual goals
- Develop and strengthen coping strategies for family members assisting in the treatment and care of their loved one
- Connect patients and families with community agencies for practical services and community resources they may need
If you feel you or loved one would benefit from a palliative care consultation, please contact your treating medical provider to request a referral.