Palliative care is supportive care for patients with a serious illness. The goal is to relieve pain, symptoms, and stress, and provide the best quality of life for patients and their families. It may be provided through all states of illness and at the same time as curative medical treatments.
When is the right time for palliative care?
Palliative care helps through all stages of illness. It is best introduced early in your care, and may be provided at the same time as curative medical treatments.
How is palliative care provided?
At Suburban Hospital, palliative care is provided by a multidisciplinary team that works closely with your primary physician to address all of your concerns. The team is led by a palliative care physician – who also practices acupuncture – and includes a pain and palliative care nurse practitioner and massage therapist. The team works closely, when needed, with a dietitian, chaplain and other support services.
What can I expect from the palliative care team?
Is palliative care the same as hospice care?
No. Hospice care is meant for patients at the end stages of disease. Palliative care may be introduced at any stage of serious illness.
How do I request a palliative care consultation?
Talk to your physician or nurse. For further information, please contact the palliative care team at 301-896-3139.