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Palliative Medicine

Palliative medicine is specialized care that optimizes your quality of life through support tailored to your individual needs. Our team of experts will help guide you and your family through any stage of a serious illness or health problem.

Palliative medicine helps you live your life more comfortably. We can prevent or provide relief from symptoms such as:

  • Pain
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Constipation
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Loss of appetite
  • Fatigue
  • Emotional and spiritual distress

The palliative medicine team provides support for you and your family and can improve communication between you and your healthcare providers. Early use of palliative care services can provide:

  • Open discussion about treatment choices
  • Coordination of your care with your healthcare team
  • Emotional support for you and your family
  • Decision making and planning for the future
  • Help with managing your illness at home to avoid hospitalization

Your first meeting may take place while you’re in the hospital or in an outpatient clinic. It’s never too early to start palliative care. We understand how your symptoms affect your energy or motivation to pursue the things you enjoy and can have an impact on your family. 

What You Can Expect

Our team—which includes a physician, an advanced practice nurse, social workers, chaplains, and other professionals—will support your individual goals. You can receive palliative care at the same time you receive other treatments. Availability of palliative care isn't dependent on the state of any other conditions.

Contact Information

We are here when you need us. St. Luke’s provides palliative care in the hospital and in the outpatient setting.

  • In the hospital: your attending provider can refer you or you can ask your medical team if this is a good option for you.
  • Outside the hospital: talk with your healthcare provider about a referral, or call us to learn more about our services.

Additional Resources

For more information about Palliative Medicine, visit Get Palliative Care.