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Coping with a serious illness or hospital stay can be stressful for you and your family. Discomfort from symptoms of your illness or its treatment can make day-to-day life difficult. Palliative care is a medical specialty focused on relief and prevention of pain and other symptoms for patients with serious illness and their families.

Jefferson's Palliative Care Service works in partnership with your physician to help you feel better during your treatment so that you can live as well as possible. Whether you are in the hospital or your Jefferson physician's office, you may request a Palliative Care Service consultation.

To schedule a consultation, please page the Service at 1-877-656-4509.

Expert Advice in a Variety of Areas

Our Palliative Care Service team consists of physicians, nurses, pharmacists and nutritionists who are specially trained to offer expert advice in a variety of areas:

  • Pain and symptom management: Symptoms such as pain, nausea and shortness of breath make day-to-day life difficult and can interfere with treatment for your illness. Our Palliative Care Service can advise you and your physician on medications, treatments or referrals to help you feel better.
  • Support for you and your family: Coping with a serious illness can be stressful. Feelings of frustration, anxiety and anger about your illness can arise. You may want information about your illness, emotional support or just someone to listen. Our Service team will learn about your concerns and offer support during your difficult time.
  • Assistance with decision making: Choosing the best medical treatment can be confusing. We will work with your physician to plan care that matches your wishes and help you better understand your choices in order to make the right decision.
  • Questions about hospice care: Hospice provides palliative care, too. However, hospice is for patients who do not want further treatment and who are expected to live six months or less. Jefferson's Palliative Care Service can answer your questions about hospice care.

Supportive Cancer Care & Palliative Medicine

Patients who experience pain, stress or other symptoms due to cancer or cancer treatment may benefit from supportive cancer care and palliative medicine. The palliative medicine care team work together with your oncologist to develop a plan that works for you. Our multi-disciplinary approach provides an extra layer of support for you and your family.