In the course of your life, you or a loved one may be touched by serious illness. Palliative care aims to relieve suffering and improve the quality of life for people facing serious and life-limiting illness.
Palliative care services at UPMC Hamot offer advice to you and your personal physician about treatment and support.
We also assist your family members in restoring and maintaining their quality of life by responding to their physical, psychological, social, and spiritual needs.
Who Can Benefit From Palliative Care?
The need for palliative care is not dependent on estimates of survival or limited to situations for which there are no active disease treatments. It is offered simultaneously with all other appropriate medical treatments.
Palliative care providers commonly treat patients with:
- Pain or other unrelieved symptoms related to cancer or cancer treatment
- Progressive neurologic diseases and refractory cardiac failure
- Nutritional problems caused by progressive diseases
The goal of palliative care is to help the individual achieve the best quality of life possible — as he or she would define it — regardless of the course of the underlying illness.