For People and Families Living With a Serious Illness

Explore content designed for people and families living with a serious illness.


Thank you for visiting our website. We are so glad you are here. 

We hope that this website gives you information that is empowering.  Please feel free to take your time and explore these pages. On this site, you can learn more about what palliative care is, whether it is right for you, and how to access it. We also have information about advance care planning.

Also, please check out our community resources page to find many more resources both here at Stanford and outside of Stanford.

The palliative care team supports the medical, social, and emotional needs of people living with a serious illness, their families, and caregivers.  Our team works with your health care team, and together we can help with:

  • Symptoms that are hard to manage
  • Advance care planning
  • Decisions about transitions in care
  • Learning about illness and treatment options

The role of palliative care

Palliative care (pronounced pal-lee-uh-tiv) is specialized medical care for people with serious illness. This type of care offers relief from the symptoms and stress of a serious illness. The goal is to improve the quality of life for both you and your family.

Palliative care is provided by a specially-trained team of doctors, nurses, and other specialists.  They work together with your other doctors to provide an extra layer of support.

Palliative care is appropriate at any age and at any stage in a serious illness.  You can get it at the same time you are undergoing treatment designed to cure your illness.

-Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC)

Palliative care is a specialty that is about taking care of you. What are your needs and how do we put that front and center?

-Kavitha Ramchandran, MD