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Palliative Care

Caring for you during Difficult Times

If you have a serious, chronic or terminal illness, palliative care offers an interdisciplinary team approach that focuses on your physical, emotional and spiritual needs.

Provided simultaneously with other medical treatments, palliative care assures comfort, dignity and quality of life. This type of care offers an additional level of support for patients and families as you negotiate the healthcare system.

If you're experiencing any of the following, palliative care may be appropriate for you or a loved one:

  • Diagnosis of a chronic or terminal illness.
  • Uncontrolled pain or other symptoms.
  • Psychosocial, spiritual or existential distress.
  • Help understanding the diagnosis, disease process or the risks, benefits and burdens of various treatment choices.
  • Help with decision making and determination of care goals.
  • Clarification of advance directives or code status.
  • A pending decision about a tracheostomy or feeding tube.
  • A respiratory or cardiac arrest.
  • Diagnosis of a metastatic (spreading from one organ to another) or locally advanced cancer.

If you think palliative care would be helpful for you or a loved one, please ask your physician or nurse for a consultation or call:

  • John C. Lincoln Medical Center: 602-331-5784.
  • Scottsdale Osborn Medical Center: 480-882-5333.
  • Scottsdale Shea Medical Center: 480-323-3322.