Palliative care is specialized and highly coordinated care that improves your quality of life while your physicians work to cure or manage your condition. We collaborate with your doctors on a treatment plan that supports you and your goals. And we administer care wherever you are, whether at home or in a hospital.
Life-altering conditions such as cancer, heart of lung disease and neurological disorders present very real practical and emotional challenges that go beyond medical treatment. As doctors and specialist focus on treating your medical condition, the rest of you—your physical, mental and spiritual well-being is also cared for.
A recent study from Dartmouth Medical School published in The Journal of the American Medical Association found that patients with advanced cancer who were enrolled in a palliative care program reported higher quality of life and better moods than patients not enrolled in a program.
Overall, the evidence demonstrated that home, hospital, and inpatient specialist palliative care significantly improved patient outcomes in the domains of pain and symptom control, anxiety, and
reduced hospital admissions. The results suggest that specialist palliative care should be part of the care plan for cancer patients.