Division of Hematology/Oncology

Patient Resources

Palliative Care Service

Palliative care service at Penn Medicine provides medical and non-medical interventions to ease the symptoms of cancer and its treatment. Palliative care includes physical, emotional and spiritual care that can enhance the quality of life for cancer patients.

Palliative care can be used to complement traditional cancer therapies, or be provided to treat symptoms and improve quality of life when curative therapies are no longer an option. Studies show that initiation of palliative care in patients with advanced cancer, sometimes in conjunction with chemotherapy and other treatment, can prolong survival and improve patient outcomes.

Palliative care services include:

  • Arranging for nursing care at home
  • Art therapy
  • Chemotherapy
  • Pastoral services
  • Psychological counseling
  • Radiation therapy
  • Social work services
  • Support groups for patients and families
  • Surgery

The goals of palliative care are to enhance the quality of life for cancer patients and their families, and provide emotional and spiritual support.

Palliative care services are offered at Pennsylvania Hospital and at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.

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