Palliative Care

At Sentara, cancer patients and their families may request and benefit from a special program of support called palliative care. Palliative Care medicine takes a holistic approach to care for patients in all disease stages, including those undergoing treatment for curable illnesses, living with chronic diseases, as well as patients who are nearing the end of life.

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.