Palliative Medicine & Supportive Care Services

University Medical Center's Palliative Medicine Services provides a comprehensive approach to improving the quality of life for people who are living with serious illnesses.  Our team of doctors, social workers and therapists will work collaboratively with a patient’s entire medical team and their families to provide medical, emotional and social support needed to cope with serious illness.

What is Palliative Medicine?

Palliative Medicine is an interdisciplinary subspecialty of medicine that provides comprehensive treatment of physical, emotional, cultural and spiritual needs related to serious illness or injury.  To "palliate" means to "ease," and the focus of Palliative Medicine is to ease the suffering that results from illness and to reduce caregiver stress.

Who Benefits from Palliative Medicine?

Any patient going through the course of serious illness can benefit from Palliative Medicine.  It includes and is not limited to the following diagnoses:

  • Advanced cancer (metastatic/recurring)
  • Advanced heart disease
  • Stroke (with decreased function of at least 50 percent)
  • Advanced renal disease
  • Advanced neurologic disease including advanced Alzheimer’s disease with severe dementia and medical complications
  • Advanced liver disease

Outpatient Services

Tuesdays & Thursdays 1-5 p.m.

Ambulatory Care Building (ACB), Clinic 5A

Visits will include a consultation with our Palliative Medicine physician and social worker.  Visits with a psychologist and chaplain can be arranged.

Contact Us:
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Palliative Medicine & Supportive Care Services

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The Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center New Orleans has teaching, research, and health care functions state-wide, through its six professional schools and twelve Centers of Excellence, as well as the more than one hundred hospitals and other health science related institutions with which they maintain affiliations.


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