Palliative Care

Palliative Care

The palliative care program at El Camino Hospital has just one purpose — enhancing your comfort and quality of life.
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Palliative care is medical care focused on relief of the pain, symptoms and stress of serious illness — whatever your diagnosis. Research has shown that patients who receive palliative care early in their illness have fewer symptoms, can participate in treatment for longer periods of time, and have better outcomes. Our goal is to help you live comfortably and to improve quality of life for you and your family.

How Palliative Care Can Help

When you or a loved one is facing illness, you need answers, relief and support. We offer clear communication and compassionate care, while helping you and your family navigate the healthcare system.

Working closely with your medical team, we provide:

  • Pain management.
  • Relief from distressing symptoms such as shortness of breath, fatigue, constipation, nausea, loss of appetite and difficulty sleeping.
  • Care and assistance that allows you to carry on with your daily life.
  • Medication and techniques that may increase your ability to tolerate medical treatments.
  • Information to give you a better understanding of your medical condition and your choices for medical care.
  • Assistance with advance care planning and creating an advance healthcare directive.
  • Guidance with difficult treatment choices.
  • Emotional and spiritual support for you and your family.

Learn more by reading frequently asked questions about palliative care.

When to Get Palliative Care

Palliative care can help you through all stages of illness. It’s most beneficial when introduced early in your care. You can begin palliative care during your hospital stay or after being discharged. Just ask your doctor for a referral.

For more information, call the El Camino Hospital palliative care team at 650-988-7624 or email us.

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