Palliative Care

At Sentara, cancer patients and their families may request and benefit from a special program of support called palliative care. Palliative care is given to improve the quality of life for patients who have a life-threatening disease.

Palliative care is used to treat disease symptoms, side effects caused by treatment and psychological, social, and spiritual problems related to the disease. It is also called comfort care, supportive care and symptom management.