Palliative Care

These resources provide information regarding palliative care.

Palliative care is specialized medical care meant to improve the quality of life of patients who have a serious or life-threatening disease. The goal of palliative care is to prevent or treat the symptoms and side effects of the disease and its treatment, in addition to any related psychological, social, and spiritual problems. Patients receiving palliative care may continue to receive cancer treatment.

UPMC Supportive and Palliative Care Program

The UPMC Supportive and Palliative Care Program providers work closely with the cancer care team to treat physical symptoms such as pain, and to provide individualized care, considering the patient’s emotional, social, and spiritual needs.

Call 412-641-4530 to schedule an appointment.

American Cancer Society

What You Should Know About Palliative Care

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Who Should Get Palliative Care and Why?

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Questions to Ask About Palliative Care

National Cancer Institute

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