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Managing Side Effects: Palliative Care

What Is Palliative Care?

Palliative care, which is available to patients of any age and at any stage of an illness, provides relief from distressing symptoms such as pain, shortness of breath, fatigue, nausea, loss of appetite, problems with sleep, and many other symptoms. It can also help patients deal with the side effects of curative treatments. 

Palliative care is different from hospice care—patients do not have to give up their curative treatments to receive it. Although often seen as an end-of-life protocol, palliative care provides relief to patients dealing with chronic illnesses.

Palliative care also strives to improve communication between patients and their health care providers and family members and to coordinate care, especially as patients transition from the hospital to home or to another care facility.

Source: National Institute of Nursing Research

Community Palliative Care Program

Community Palliative Care Program: Pain & Symptom Management

The Community Palliative Care Program optimizes quality of life by treating pain and other symptoms as well as emotional and spiritual needs. The core principal of the program is to alleviate suffering throughout the course of the disease. Pain and symptom management can be offered together with all medical treatment even at the time of diagnosis.

The following services are available: 

  • The Pain & Symptom Management Clinic
  • Home visits
  • Phone consultations

Home and clinic visits are scheduled as needed. 

Clinic Day and Time
Tuesdays, 1:00 - 4:00 pm.
Appointments scheduled with MD or NP.

Ridley-Tree Cancer Center
540 West Pueblo Street

Patients, family or caregivers are welcome to access the Community Palliative Care Program through a physician referral. The team can be reached at (805) 690-6212. 

The Community Palliative Care Program is a collaboration between the Ridley-Tree Cancer Center with Sansum Clinic and Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care.

Palliative Care Videos

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