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Palliative Services for Cancer Patients

Palliative Care is an integral part of comprehensive cancer care. The goal of palliative care is to provide relief of suffering, in all of its dimensions, and to support the best possible quality of life for the patient and his or her family. Palliative care is offered simultaneously with all other medical therapies, working with the patient's medical team, to support the primary plan of care.

Palliative care emphasizes the use of evidenced-based tools for symptom management, aligns medically appropriate goal setting among patients, families, and health care providers, and integrates this plan with clear communication among all members of the health care team. Reasons for referral to palliative care service include medical decision-making/goals of care and symptom management for pain.