Palliative Medicine and Supportive Care is specialized medical care for people living with a serious illness. This type of care is focused on providing relief from the symptoms and stress of a serious illness. The goal is to improve quality of life for both the patient and the family.
Palliative care can be provided during all stages of serious illness, and often serves as an extra layer of support along with curative treatment.
Palliative medicine is based on your needs, not on your prognosis. Our team has specialized doctors, advance practice professionals, nurses, social workers, and chaplains all working together to provide support for you and those you love.
What to expect from Palliative Medicine and Supportive Care
- Expert management of symptoms such as pain, depression, anxiety, fatigue, shortness of breath, constipation, nausea, loss of appetite, and difficulty sleeping.
- Clear and compassionate communication from your medical team.
- Focus on the emotional, social and spiritual needs of you and your loved ones.
- Help understanding what to expect in the future and guidance in making decisions regarding your health and types of care you prefer.
Ochsner Medical Center
Ochsner Medical Center - West Bank Campus