About our Service
Palliative care provides care to those with a serious or chronic illness—from the time of diagnosis throughout the course of treatment—optimizing quality of life by anticipating, managing and preventing suffering. Our expanded interdisciplinary team of experts include, physicians, nurse practitioners, RNs, social workers and chaplains, who partner with you to address the physical, intellectual, emotional, social and spiritual needs of patients and their families.
- Shortness of breath
- Loss of appetite
- Drowsiness or insomnia
- Depression and anxiety
The palliative care team is scrupulous about care coordination with oncologists, surgeons and other team members, all of whom work together to ensure optimal patient comfort as well as education, support and resources for family members and caregivers. The palliative care team can become involved at the discretion of the oncologist or oncology surgeon at any stage of the patient’s treatment, starting at diagnosis.
We provide continuity of care for your patients to maximize quality of care and overall satisfaction through the following means:
- Inpatient consults
- Assessments or consults at the Lemmen-Holton Canncer Pavilion Infusion Center
- Consultation and follow-up care at our Palliative and Supportive Care Clinic at Spectrum Health Cancer Center in Lemmen-Holton Cancer Pavilion