Coping with a serious illness like cancer or a blood disorder can be overwhelming, physically and emotionally, for patients and their loved ones. Pain, nausea, fatigue, depression and other distressing symptoms can take a tremendous toll on a person’s quality of life.

To help reduce the stress of your illness so you can focus on living, our hospital partners, Ascension Borgess and Bronson, offer palliative care services. Palliative care is a medical specialty that provides extra support for people living with a serious illness.  It focuses on relieving difficult symptoms and improving quality of life.  By assessing and treating pain and other problems, patients are better able to cope with the physical, emotional, social and spiritual effects of their illness.

Palliative care is not the same as hospice care. Hospice is designed for people in their journey toward the end of life. In contrast, palliative care is available to you at any time. Unlike hospice, you can receive palliative care at the same time as traditional or curative medical treatments.

If you think that you or members of your family could benefit from palliative care services, talk to your physician about a referral to one of the hospitals’ outpatient clinics.  Ascension Borgess sees patients on Friday afternoons at the hospital.  Bronson’s outpatient clinic is located at WMCC on the 3rd floor and sees patients on the 1st, 2nd and 4th Thursdays of the month.

To learn more, click on the links below:

Ascension Borgess–Palliative Care Medicine

Bronson–Advanced Illness Management