Supportive Care Medicine

Supportive Care Medicine (Palliative Care) provides additional support to your cancer treatment to help you manage your pain and other effects of your illness. We can also help you talk with your care team, assist with advance care planning and help you adjust to any changes in your care.

This team will work closely with your cancer care team and other specialists to provide whole-person, patient- and family-centered care.

Services We Provide for Patients and Families

Pain and symptoms management, including:

  • Pain related to cancer or cancer treatment
  • Gastrointestinal symptoms, such as
    • Nausea/vomiting
    • Diarrhea
    • Cramping
    • Constipation
    • Mouth pain (mucositis)
    • Trouble swallowing (dysphagia)
    • Change in taste sensation (dysgeusia)
    • Loss of weight or decreased desire to eat (anorexia/cachexia)
  • Cancer or cancer treatment-related fatigue
  • Respiratory symptoms like shortness of breath or persistent cough

Help with advance care planning, including:

  • Making decisions about choosing a healthcare surrogate or agent
  • Goals of care and treatment, desired and undesired medical treatments

Assisting with changes in your care, including focus and location of care — such as a move to palliative care within Cedars-Sinai or through hospice care.