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What Can I Expect from the Supportive Medicine Team?

Symptom Management

The team provides expertise in treating one or more symptoms related to chronic medical conditions, such as pain, fatigue, constipation, weight loss, weakness, shortness of breath or difficulty sleeping, as well as mental or emotional symptoms such as confusion, depression and anxiety.

Care Coordination 

Caring for a patient’s serious illness often requires involving multiple medical specialties in the care plan. With the patient’s primary care physician (PCP) leading the care plan, the Supportive Medicine team helps coordinate smooth transitions of care. 

Supportive Counseling

Palliative care specialists work hard to communicate clearly and compassionately. Our social workers, nurses and chaplains support our physicians in providing counseling services.

Advance Care Planning

Treatment outcomes can be unpredictable; therefore, the team offers assistance to patients and their families seeking information about coping with issues surrounding disease progression. The goal is to assist in making informed preparations. When appropriate, the team offers in-depth knowledge regarding end-of-life resources and assistance with finding and coordinating care with community services.

Family Support

Whether a patient is seeking a cure or desires balance while living with a chronic medical condition, the Supportive Medicine team offers additional support to patients and their families. Supportive medicine specialists work hard to communicate clearly and compassionately. Social workers, nurses and chaplains complement physicians by providing counseling and care services.

Learn more about supportive medicine/palliative care specialists.