Palliative Care

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If you're facing a serious or chronic illness, you and your family can feel worried, stressed or in despair. You also can experience pain - physical, spiritual and emotional. Our goal is to ease these concerns.

In fact, palliate means "to ease," and that's what we do at Sanford Palliative Care.

We work with you to provide relief from distressing symptoms, including:

  • Pain
  • Shortness of breath
  • Fatigue
  • Constipation
  • Nausea
  • Loss of appetite
  • Problems with sleep

See our compassionate, professional care providers to make life better.


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Who provides palliative care? My regular doctor?

Any medical professional can be part of who provides palliative care. There are certain providers who specialize in it. They may include doctors, nurses, dietitians, social workers, psychologists, therapists and chaplains.

What is involved with palliative care treatment?

This might mean anything from a counseling session with a social worker to a massage by a therapist. Your care team will evaluate what might be beneficial to your health and care and will talk to you about the options.

Is palliative care only provided to patients admitted to the hospital?

No. Palliative care can be provided on an inpatient or outpatient basis. It is appropriate for patients but could also be used to support caregivers or family members.

What is the difference between palliative care and hospice?

Both of these services focus on providing support and comfort. The difference is palliative care may be appropriate at any time during and throughout diagnosis and treatment. It does not necessarily mean the patient won't get better or be cured.

What is a chronic illness?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a chronic illness is one lasting three months or more. This may include illnesses such as cancer, heart disease, lung disease, kidney failure, dementia, HIV/AIDS and ALS.

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