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Palliative and Supportive Care 

Palliative and Supportive Care is medical care for patients with serious illness. This care includes enhancing the quality of life for patients and their family and is provided throughout your illness, along with curative treatment. Palos offers palliative care for hospitalized patients as well as in an outpatient clinic setting. 

To speak to a nurse about Palliative and Supportive Care, call (708) 923-4673.

When to Consider Palliative and Supportive Care

The purpose of palliative care is to address distressing symptoms such as breathing difficulties or nausea. Palliative care can begin at any stage of a serious illness. Serious conditions that are appropriate for a Palliative and Supportive Care consultation include:

  • Cancer

  • Heart failure

  • Kidney failure

  • Chronic liver disease

  • COPD and other advanced lung diseases


Working with Your Physician

Together, your physician and our Palliative and Supportive Care team work towards achieving your goals of care at all stages of illness while you continue to receive treatment. 

Palliative and Supportive Care Can Help You and Your Family

The Palliative and Supportive Care team may assist you and your loved ones by:

  • Helping you learn more about your illness, treatment
  • Clarifying goals of care
  • Supporting your medical decisions
  • Ensuring that care is in line with your wishes
  • Providing emotional support
  • Identifying spiritual or religious concerns
  • Working with you to make advance care plans
  • Arranging for referrals to community agencies

What to Anticipate

During your Palliative and Supportive Care consultation, you can expect:

  • An initial introduction to Palliative and Supportive Care for you and your family
  • Identification of patient needs and symptom management
  • Follow-up assessments
  • Assistance with establishing individualized goals of care.

Palliative Care is not Hospice

Palliative Care can begin at any time for patients with serious illness. Hospice is intended for individuals who likely have six months or less to live.

Just Ask

To receive Palliative and Supportive Care, all you have to do is ask. Talk to your doctor about a referral or call (708) 923-4673 for more information.

Medical Services

  • Palliative and Supportive Care