Palliative Medicine Consultants
Palliative Medicine Consultants work with your doctors and health care team to manage pain and other distressing symptoms. We also help you and your family sort through medical information and options so you can decide which treatments are best for you.
Palliative Care helps patients of any age who are living with any type of illness including cardiac or respiratory disease, kidney failure, cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, ALS, or multiple sclerosis.
These and other conditions — and the treatments for them, can be difficult for you and your family.
We can help you:
- Manage symptoms that occur even during treatment of your condition.
- Cope with the stress and burden of your condition.
- Navigate treatment options.
- Know what to expect, and help you when unexpected things happen.
What services do Palliative Medicine Consultants provide?
- Education and support related to your illness
- Management of symptoms such as:
- Shortness of breath
- Pain related to your condition
- Ongoing medication maintanaince in conjunction with your primary physician
- Advance care planning
Who will provide Palliative Care?
Specially trained physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, social workers, nurses and chaplains provide palliative care. Patients may also have access to other programs offered through Hospice & Community Care.
Where is Palliative Care provided?
Palliative Care is offered at local hospitals and in our Palliative Medicine Clinic. Other visit options may be available for some patients who are at home.
How is Palliative Care paid for?
Palliative care is covered by Medicare and most insurance plans.
“In our practice, palliative care has made a positive impact on quality of life for patients living with advanced cancer. The palliative care physicians and their team have blended seamlessly with ours, helping us to more effectively anticipate, prevent and reduce suffering. The partnership between palliative care and oncology sharpens the focus on symptom and distress management while incorporating what is most important to patients and families.”
Randall A. Oyer, MD
Medical Director, Oncology at Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health
Ann B. Barshinger Cancer Institute
To have a consultation with a palliative care physician, ask your doctor for a referral or call us at (717) 735-3131.