UPMC CancerCenter utilizes the UPMC Palliative and Supportive Institute to extend its array of cancer care services. The program includes a multidisciplinary team of health care professionals dedicated to providing comprehensive and coordinated care to people with life-limiting illnesses and to their families. The palliative care team works with a person's primary medical team to provide symptom management, family support, psychosocial care, and spiritual care, as well as to assist with discharge planning and integrate inpatient services with outpatient and home-based programs.
Individuals and their families are given consultations regarding prognosis, care goals, and options and education on psychosocial, spiritual, and financial concerns. These consultations are shared with the person's referring physician, as well as with the nursing staff and other health care providers.
The team cares for people while in the hospital and works with many programs, such as home care, hospice, and nursing homes, to support people after they leave the hospital. Support and comfort are given to the person's family while they are caring for the patient and during their bereavement.
In addition to the inpatient consultation service, the UPMC Palliative and Supportive Institute provides care for those who are not yet hospitalized for their illness and for recently hospitalized patients. The team's goal is to maintain the highest quality of life for the longest possible time by developing a treatment plan that may include:
- Dealing with symptoms such as pain, nausea, and anxiety.
- Planning for home care and hospice.
- Coping with psychological and spiritual concerns.
Patients may also be interested in the Outpatient Pain Program at UPMC CancerCenter.
For more information about any of the services available at UPMC CancerCenter, please call 412-647-2811 or send us an email at UPMCCancerCenter@upmc.edu.