The People We Serve

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The Palliative Care Program cares for people with a wide variety of needs in any stage of life. 

Patients most commonly treated include:

  • People with pain or other unrelieved symptoms related to cancer or cancer-related treatment.
  • Individuals with AIDS, ALS, COPD or heart failure.
  • Elderly people with advanced dementia or other life-threatening illness.
  • Patients with nutritional problems caused by progressive disease.
  • Patients and families with psychological or spiritual distress related to life-threatening disease.

People who experience the following are good candidates for palliative care:

  • Uncontrolled pain
  • Uncertainty about prognosis
  • Nausea
  • Anxiety
  • Weakness
  • Delirium
  • Fatigue
  • Constipation
  • Recurrent admissions
  • Concerns about how the disease is affecting them and their loved ones socially, financially and spiritually