Supportive Care Medicine - Palliative Care

The Cedars-Sinai Supportive Care Medicine Program provides specialized consultative services to patients living with serious illness. The team focuses on improving your quality of life by addressing disease-related or treatment-related symptoms, providing support to you and your family and assisting with advance care planning.

When Supportive Care Medicine is consulted to assist, you will remain under the care of your own doctors. The program's interdisciplinary team of providers works with your healthcare team to help manage your pain and any other symptoms. Team members also can assist with communication needs and advance healthcare planning to make sure that you are getting the care that fits your personal goals and values.

How Supportive Care Medicine Will Help You

Pain and Symptom Care

Supportive Care Medicine team members are experts at managing your pain and other symptoms related to your serious illness. Examples of other symptoms they can assist with include nausea, fatigue, poor appetite, difficulty sleeping and feeling sad or worried. The team will work closely with your primary care doctor and your other specialists to help you address any healthcare issues that are caused by your illness or the treatments you are receiving.

Arranging Family Meetings with Your Doctors

The team can make sure you are making the right choices for your care by bringing everyone together to talk about your condition, giving you a chance to ask questions and decide what is best for you.

Spiritual and Social Support

Speaking with the team's licensed clinical social workers and chaplains about your spiritual, social or emotional concerns can improve your mood and relieve stress throughout your treatment. They can also assist with connecting you to community-based support resources that fit your needs.

Advance Care Planning

Your care providers and family members should know your goals, preferences and choices about your healthcare. Supportive Care Medicine team members have expertise in advance care planning. Working with you and your loved ones, team members will take the time to listen, answer questions and guide you toward completing your own advance directive.

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Is Supportive Care Medicine Right for You?

If you or your loved ones need additional support as a result of a serious illness, Supportive Care Medicine might be able to help. Examples of conditions that the program can help with include cancer, dementia and heart disease.

Ways to Give

There are many ways to honor a loved one or make a contribution to Cedars-Sinai Supportive Care Medicine. Memorial contributions made in memory of loved ones touch the lives of our patients and families.

Related Programs and Services

Supportive Care Medicine physicians are available in the cancer center to help patients maintain the best quality of life during and after cancer-related treatment. In collaboration with primary oncologists and Patient and Family Support Program, our physicians assist patients with cancer-related pain and symptom management while helping patients and families develop plans of care that reflect their goals and values.

Cedars-Sinai performs more heart transplants than any other center in the world, and we are the largest mechanical circulatory support center in the country. These patients face many unique physical and psychosocial challenges associated with their healthcare. Supportive care medicine providers are integrated within the mechanical circulatory support team to provide symptom management, advance care planning and to help deliver patient-centered cardiac care.

Have Questions or Need Help?

Call the Supportive Care Medicine - Palliative Care team. You can also have us call you back at your convenience.

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