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Palliative Care at UM St. Joseph Medical Center

 

Palliative care helps manage the physical and emotional symptoms of the treatment of cancer and serious illnesses. It is an extra layer of care that helps focus on quality of life. It is offered to treat and target the symptoms of a grave illnesses, relieve the side effects of treatment, and provide comfort. Symptoms can include pain, nausea, insomnia, constipation, shortness of breath, anxiety, family stress, angst and depression.

The UM SJMC Palliative Care team works to ease physical discomfort, emotional distress and spiritual concerns as early as possible in the course of the disease or condition. Related support services include: Healing Therapies and Spiritual Care.

Palliative care, also called supportive care, comfort care, or symptom management:

  • Begins with interviewing the patient and family to evaluate symptoms to understand the situation; works to craft the best care possible over one or many meetings.
  • May be given from the time of a cancer diagnosis through the course of the illness to ease and relieve symptoms.
  • Works in conjunction with cancer treatment, helping patients and families understand symptoms as well as review options for the best possible quality of life.
  • Helps the multidisciplinary team of oncology specialists, while caring for the whole patient, and the biological and non-biological family facing these challenging times.
  • Is not the same as hospice care. (In hospice care, treatment shifts from trying to cure or control cancer, to managing symptoms and supporting patients facing the end of life.)

UM SJMC Palliative Care Team

The UM SJMC Palliative Care Team includes:

  • Helen Gordon, MD, FACP T
  • Morgan Pembroke, MD
  • Shannon Nagy, CRNP - Nurse Practitioner
  • Sara Latrobe, LCSW-C
  • Deborah Hartley, Regional Manager Palliative Care
  • Ann Brecht-Castle, Administrative Coordinator

Resources

To connect with one of our palliative care specialists, please call 410-427-5352.