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Palliative Care

We understand that cancer illness may cause pain and symptoms that persist without relief. We know uncomfortable side effects may result from treatments and that the emotional burden cancer brings with it can become overwhelming. 

If you are receiving cancer treatment as an inpatient at Riverside Methodist Hospital, Grant Medical Center, or Doctors Hospital, we offer palliative care, also known as palliative medicine, to help during these times. Palliative medicine relieves physical, emotional and spiritual suffering that can come from the many aspects of a cancer condition. 

Our palliative medicine services for patients at Riverside Methodist, Grant and Doctors Hospital offer:

  • Pain and symptom management
  • Spiritual care
  • Support for psychosocial issues and financial concerns
  • Help with coping, anxiety and fear
  • Advance care planning
  • Support for decision making
  • Ensuring the patient and family wishes are honored

With palliative care, we enhance the cancer treatment you’re already receiving as an inpatient. The hospital palliative care team works closely with your cancer care team. Your medical oncologist remains in charge of your care.

Our palliative care professionals include:

  • Palliative medicine physicians
  • Nurses
  • Social workers
  • Chaplains

Choosing palliative care does not mean you’re giving in or giving up when your pain or emotions seem unbearable. It means you’re choosing to have more control over them.