If you, or a loved one, are trying to manage a serious illness, you know
relief from symptoms and pain is as important as diagnosing and treating
the illness. Sometimes, as with chemotherapy, treatment itself may cause
symptoms and suffering that need attention. At St. Jude Medical Center,
our approach to Palliative Care is aligned with our mission of honoring
the quality of life. We focus on what’s important to our patients
and their family as they cope with treatment. We discuss the patient's
and families' goals, Advance Care Planning, and help relieve and reduce
symptoms associated with treatment with expertise, care and compassion.
Palliative Care Services
Palliative Care is any type of care or treatment that focuses on improving
the quality of life of people suffering from a serious or long-term illness,
as well as medical care and treatments aimed at reducing the severity
of disease symptoms and pain. For example, palliative care may address
symptoms such as pain, fatigue, stress, nausea, and loss of appetite and
shortness of breath.
Either by request of a patient, family member, or healthcare professional,
our expert Palliative Care Team will consult with and assist a patient,
suffering from a life-limiting condition. St. Jude’s Palliative
Care Team works in partnership with the patient and family to determine
the priorities for care and brings together a multidisciplinary team,
that may include a patient's medical team, social worker, spiritual
care, physical therapist, family members, or other experts as needed.
Whatever the medical condition of a patient, palliative care can help you
or your loved one with relief from the pain, symptoms and stress of serious
illness – whatever the prognosis. It is appropriate for people of
any age and at any point in an illness. Please ask your doctor or other
healthcare professional if you or your loved one wish to meet with a representative
of the St. Jude Palliative Care Team. To contact the Palliative Care team,
please call (714) 992-3000 ext. 6341.