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The aim of palliative care is to ease suffering caused by a life-threatening or life-limiting illness or injury. It is a medical specialty with a team approach. You can get palliative care at the same time you get treatments that are meant to cure you.
Palliative medicine is a subspecialty of medicine devoted to holistic care of the patient and their family. Palliative medicine physicians are experts in addressing a wide variety of physical symptoms, as well as social, emotional, and spiritual concerns of the patient and family. They work together with the oncologist and primary care physician to relieve suffering and help the patient enjoy the best quality of life possible.
Palliative medicine can:
- Control difficult symptoms like pain, nausea, and shortness-of-breath
- Partner with you and your family to make medical decisions and treatment choices
- Listen and give support at all stages of illness and injury
- Offer suggestions based on knowledge of your values and how you want to live your life
Inpatient consultations are provided at Tacoma General Hospital at the request of the attending physician. Outpatient consultations are provided at the MultiCare Regional Cancer Center locations and can be arranged by calling the clinic.
Learn more about palliative care services.