Palliative care is an expert service that is available to anyone facing a serious illness. It focuses on managing the symptoms that are often associated with illness (pain, shortness of breath, fatigue, nausea, anxiety) and matching a patient’s goals to their treatments. By focusing on quality of life and what matters to each individual, treatment plans can be tailored and coordinated with a patient’s current physicians.
Palliative care teams usually consist of physicians, nurses, social workers, and chaplains along with additional health care providers who work with patients and families.
At Stanford, we see patients both in the hospital and in clinic, to allow for longitudinal care delivery across sites.