PALLIATIVE CARE FAQS
What is Palliative Medicine?
Palliative Medicine is a sub-specialty of Internal Medicine that focuses on improving the quality of life for those with chronic, debilitating and life-limiting illnesses.
How does Palliative Medicine differ from Hospice?
Palliative Medicine and hospice share a common philosophy of care that focuses on patient and family’s comfort, values and wishes for care. However, Palliative Medicine differs from Hospice in that it is provided at any point in a patient’s disease course from diagnosis onward. It can be combined with curative treatments or be the sole focus of the patient’s care.
Who can receive Palliative Care?
Any patient with advanced disease can receive Palliative Care through an inpatient referral at GBMC or HCGH or referral from the GBMC cancer center. These services can be especially beneficial to patients with metastatic cancer and other serious illnesses. Gilchrist Palliative Care also supports family members who may be overwhelmed by their loved one’s illness and by the challenges of navigating the healthcare system.
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