A clinician and chaplain hold hands with a patient

The goal of palliative care is to prevent and relieve suffering and to improve the quality of life for people facing serious and advanced illness, including cancer.

To help patients and their families, the Palliative Care Program provides comprehensive, interdisciplinary medical care to patients and their families. Our focus is on managing symptoms and improving quality-of-life issues for patients with serious, chronic, progressive or terminal illnesses.

The program addresses physical issues such as pain, fatigue and nausea, as well as the psychosocial issues people often experience when dealing with illnesses. These may include depression, disruption of family life and financial concerns.

Each consultation includes a comprehensive review of medical records, a detailed medical history, a physical examination and a discussion of the symptoms, goals, values, social interests and spiritual needs the individual or family may have. Ongoing evaluation and care is then provided as needed.