Palliative Care Clinic
What is Palliative Care
Palliative care is a medical specialty that helps patients and their families live as fully as possible when faced with a life-threatening illness. Unlike hospice care, which focuses on end-of-life care, palliative care services are provided during any phase of an illness, including active treatments such as chemotherapy.
Palliative care is appropriate at any stage of a serious illness and can be provided at the same time as life-prolonging treatment. It addresses physical, intellectual, emotional, social and spiritual needs and facilitates patient autonomy, access to information and choice.
This web site is designed to prepare families and caregivers for the important issues that palliative care helps to address in the face of life-altering disease… to help them know what to expect, how to offer support, and how to respond.
“Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it.” — Helen Keller
How Does Palliative Care Differ from Hospice Care?
The Palliative Care Service is a hospital-based program and is not limited to the last 6 months of life. The team works in consultation with the patient, their family and their medical team to provide expertise in the management of pain and other troublesome symptoms that may develop during the course of a serious illness. This specialized care can be provided during any phase of the patient's illness, including during active treatment such as chemotherapy, dialysis or radiation. Team members can help with the transition to hospice care, if needed.
- Symptom Management – reduce physical suffering from pain, fatigue, etc
- Help with Medical Decision Making – assist with medical information, clarify goals of care
- Emotional and Coping Support – Address fear, anxiety, depression and grief
- Spiritual and Cultural Support – honor and support cultural values
- Ursula McVeigh, MD
- Tram Chu, M
- Linda Smith, MD
- Linda Duwa, NP
- Bette Fenn, NP
- Marianne Johnstone-Petty, NP
- Lindsay Nelson, NP
- Diana Seropian, LCSW
To learn more about Palliative Care Clinic or schedule an appointment, please call (907) 212-7997. To find general information on specific health topics, visit our online health library.