What is Palliative Care?
Palliative Care, also known as Supportive Care Medicine, is specialized medical care provided by a team for symptom management, emotional and spiritual support when you are faced with a serious illness. This care is available to you at any age or stage of illness, together with your other treatments.
At Moffitt, Palliative Care is provided by specialists in the Supportive Care Medicine department. They are available to you through referral from your primary care team.
Your Supportive Care Medicine Team
The Supportive Care Medicine program provides specialized health care from a team of doctors, nurses, social workers, chaplains, and other health care specialists. Interdisciplinary Teamwork is at the core of this approach as team members with different skills and functions collaborate and contribute to your care.
The goal of Supportive Care is to improve patient and family quality of life and well-being from the time of diagnosis throughout the course of illness. It is focused on providing you with relief from the symptoms, pain, and stress of serious illness.
The focus of the Supportive Care Medicine Program is to:
• Assess and treat your physical, spiritual, and emotional needs.
• Assist you and your family in shared decision making regarding your care. This includes Advance Care Planning which documents your health care wishes.
• Coordinate practical needs you or your family may have, such as referrals to another facility or doctor and discharge planning.