Palliative Care

Keeping you comfortable when you need it most

Palliative care (pronounced pal-lee-uh-tiv) is a medical sub-specialty. It focuses on relief of the pain, symptoms, and stress of a serious illness—especially cancer. The overall goal is to help people live comfortably—physically and emotionally—and provide the best quality of life for patients and their families.

During your cancer treatment, your physician will consult you about options for pain management, comfort care, and if needed, home health. A palliative care consult is available to all patients admitted to Harrison Medical Center. While any patient can request a palliative care consult, a provider must write an order requesting the service.

Palliative care services include:

  • pain and symptom control
  • solutions for depression and fatigue
  • coordinating your care
  • decision-making
  • easing family stress
  • updating and communicating with your physician
  • navigating the health system
  • understanding treatment choices

Our Palliative Care team coordinates with a patient’s existing medical team, but does not replace the primary care provider. Our palliative care doctors include those board certified in palliative care, hospice, and family medicine. The team excels at communicating with you, your family, and your doctors.

Sometimes it’s confusing to know the difference between palliative care and hospice. Palliative care is available at any stage of your illness. It can even start with your doctor’s first diagnosis. you. It’s true that hospice always offers palliative care. The difference is that hospice mainly focuses on people closer to the end of their lives who no longer seek curative treatment.

Learn more about Harrison's Palliative Care Services at 360-744-5618 or email us palliativecare@harrisonmedical.org.