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The Palliative Medicine ProgramPatient Centered Care for Patients and Families A Black couple facing forward and listening to a doctor

Palliative care is specialized medical care that helps patients facing serious illnesses and their families by adding an extra layer of support.   Palliative Care teams can help with the symptoms and the stress of living with a serious illness, including controlling pain, providing support for the mental and emotional effects of an illness, and managing other bothersome symptoms. This extra layer of support can be provided in combination with curative and/or restorative treatments.

Research studies showed that by integrating palliative care early into the disease course improvements in outcomes such as: quality of life, mood, patient satisfaction, prognostic understanding, health service use, and possibly survival.1

Our multidisciplinary team of palliative care specialists is comprised of physicians, advanced practice providers, nurses, pharmacists, chaplains, child life experts and social workers. Together the team provides compassionate specialized medical care to improve quality of life for patients and their families as they cope with illness. Our team works together with a patient’s team of medical doctors and members of their care team to provide this extra layer of support.


1. Temel JS, Greer JA, El-Jawahri A, et al. Effects of early integrated palliative care in patients with lung and GI cancer: A randomized clinical trial. J Clin Oncol 35:834-841, 2017.

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