Palliative Care Medicine

Managing symptoms and chronic conditions

The Lourdes palliative care team works to improve the quality of life for patients and supporting families facing serious, complex illnesses

Palliative and supportive care

If you believe this is a program that you or your loved one could benefit from, please call us at 607-798-5418 for more information.

Supportive and palliative medicine is medical care that affirms life. It is focused on relief of pain that happens with advanced illness. Supportive and palliative medicine is offered with all other appropriate medical treatment. Supportive and palliative medicine can help people live comfortably and provide the best possible quality of life for patients and families

How can Supportive and Palliative care Medicine at Lourdes Help?

Working closely with your health care team, we can:

  • Treat pain and other symptoms such as shortness of breath, nausea, loss of appetite, fatigue, constipation, and difficulty sleeping
  • Help guide difficult treatment choices and medical decisions
  • Provide emotional and spiritual support for you and your family
  • Coordinate your care
  • Ensure you are getting the best possible quality of life
  • Help with Advance Care Planning
  • Provide guidance for the patient and family as goals of care change

When is the right time for supportive and palliative care?

Supportive and palliative medicine helps through all stages of illness. It is best introduced early in your care, even at the time of diagnosis. It is provided at the same time as curative treatments.
Palliative medicine helps through all stages of illness. It is best introduced early in your care, even at the time of diagnosis.  It is provided along with curative treatments.

Is supportive and palliative medicine the same as hospice care?

No. Hospice care is meant specifically for those approaching the last months of life, while supportive and palliative care is appropriate for any stage of a serious illness

Interdisciplinary Team

The Palliative Medicine Program at Lourdes is made up of an interdisciplinary team of healthcare professionals who assist the patient and family in addressing the many aspects of care for serious and complex illnesses.

The Palliative Care Team at Lourdes includes:

  • The Patient and Family
  • The Primary Care Provider
  • Physician Specialist in Palliative Medicine
  • Registered Nurses
  • Medical Social Worker
  • Chaplain

Meet our providers

Lourdes can offer supportive and palliative medicine services wherever you need them; in the hospital, in our clinic or in your home

If you believe this is a program that you or your loved one could benefit from, please call us at 607-798-5418 for more information.

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