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Hospice and Palliative Care
If you or a loved one is living with advanced cancer, consider whether hospice or palliative care may be helpful. Our hospice and palliative care experts offer specialized, compassionate care and support to help you and your family cope with cancer and maintain quality of life.
What is palliative care?
Sometimes known as comfort care, palliative care is specialized medical care for people with serious, life-limiting illnesses. Our experienced professionals help relieve pain and other forms of suffering and create a treatment plan that makes sense for you.
You can receive palliative care:
- At any age
- At any stage of your cancer journey
- Along with medical treatments to treat your cancer
Our goal is to improve quality of life for you and your family by reducing the stress of living with cancer.
Is palliative care right for me?
The American Society of Clinical Oncology recommends that all people with advanced cancer receive dedicated palliative care alongside active treatment.
Whether your cancer is advanced or you’ve just been diagnosed, our team can help you develop a care plan that supports the decisions you and your family must make during your cancer journey.
Consider palliative care if you need help with:
- Understanding your diagnosis and treatment options
- Managing pain and other symptoms
- Making complex decisions about medical treatments that reflect your preferences
- Developing your advance care planning documents
- Coordinating your care among multiple care settings
- Addressing you as a whole person regarding concerns about your cancer
How do I receive palliative care services?
Anyone who is admitted to a Virginia Mason Franciscan Health hospital can request a palliative care consult through their care team. Our care is available wherever it’s needed: the comfort of your own home or in the hospital.
What is hospice care?
Hospice care is medical care and support services that can provide comfort for people with cancer that have exhausted treatment options. The experienced hospice team at Virginia Mason Franciscan Health offers a complete range of services to provide relief from symptoms and give end-of-life support.
When is it time for hospice?
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with a potentially life-threatening cancer, it’s not too early to consider your options and learn about what signs and symptoms may signal it’s time to think about hospice. When medical treatment to cure a serious illness is no longer beneficial, hospice care offers the best possible comfort and support during the next stages.
We coordinate your care with you, your family and your care team, supporting your choices while you remain independent. The sooner you call on Virginia Mason Franciscan Health, the sooner we can help you prepare for important decisions and life changes.
Our specialized care team
You have access to our highly trained professionals and volunteers 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for home visits and phone consultations.
Our team includes:
- Certified nursing assistants
- Social workers
- Hospice chaplains
- Grief counselors
- Massage, music and art therapy partners
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