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Northside Hospital is committed to addressing all aspects of a patient's care.
Palliative Care is specialized comprehensive treatment of the discomfort, symptoms and stress of a serious illness. It provides relief from pain, nausea, shortness of breath, anxiety and other distressing symptoms. The goal is to prevent and ease suffering and improve quality of life. Palliative Care also can help patients and families deal with complex decisions and cope with the side effects of medical treatments.
How does Palliative Care differ from hospice care? Palliative Care can be incorporated at any time during treatment regardless of the stage of illness, and it can be offered at the same time as life-prolonging treatment such as chemotherapy. Typically, patients choosing hospice decide to stop curative treatments for their illness.
Northside’s Palliative Care Team is interdisciplinary, combining the expertise and knowledge of physicians, nurses, medical social workers, case managers, and chaplains who have specialized training in helping patients with a serious illness. They collaborate to implement a comprehensive treatment plan addressing each patient's physical, emotional, social and spiritual needs.
If you would like to learn more about Palliative Care services, please contact your physician for further details.