Penn Palliative Care offers patients the best possible quality of life while managing a serious or chronic disease.

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An extra layer of support for patients and families at any stage of an illness.

Penn Palliative Care offers patients and families additional support, unique to their needs, throughout the course of an illness. The palliative care team addresses each patient's physical pain or symptoms and emotional and spiritual needs with the goal of comfort, stability and peace of mind. The team provides individualized care and practical solutions for problems including:

  • Anxiety
  • Confusion/delirium
  • Constipation
  • Depression
  • Emotional distress
  • Insomnia
  • Loss of appetite
  • Nausea
  • Pain
  • Shortness of breath
  • Spiritual distress

Penn Palliative Care comprehensive program includes inpatient and outpatient palliative care services, home care and hospice care programs. These programs provide patients and families with assistance in treating complex symptoms, extra  emotional and psychosocial support, and the opportunity to discuss and establish the goals of care. The multidisciplinary team works closely with a patient's other physicians to help the patient and family achieve their treatment goals. Palliative care is available to patients with a new diagnosis, patients who are considering treatment options, patients who are actively undergoing treatment, patients enrolled in clinical trials and patients near the end-of-life.

Outpatient Palliative Care and Pain Management

The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania has two outpatient programs located at the Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine.  The Pain Management Clinic is led by the Anesthesiology Department and provides expert pain management to alleviate pain when appropriate. The Palliative and Supportive Oncology Clinic provides symptom management and support for patients needing assistance with pain and other and other symptoms of distress. Your oncologist can help to identify which clinic would be best suit your personal needs. 

For patients receiving their oncology care at the Abramson Cancer Center at Pennsylvania Hospital, there is a dedicated outpatient Palliative Care Program that provides pain and symptom management support. 

The Penn Pain Medicine Center is a dedicated pain management clinic that is located at Penn Medicine Rittenhouse. 

These multidisciplinary programs complement traditional cancer treatments and are available to all patients regardless of prognosis, in conjunction with curative therapies.   

View a copy of our Palliative & Supportive Oncology Services brochure.

Pain Management

Pain, symptom management and palliative care services are offered at the Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine and the Penn Pain Medicine Center located at Penn Medicine Rittenhouse.

Inpatient Consultative Palliative Care

Penn Medicine's team of palliative care specialists at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and Pennsylvania Hospital meet with and assess inpatients who may benefit from palliative care services. Inpatient consultation includes focused discussions with patients and their families on goals, pain and symptom management, and emotional and spiritual support. The team also makes recommendations for follow up with outpatient palliative care and/or home care after patients are discharged from the hospital.

Home Care

Caring Way, a home health program administered through Penn Home Care & Hospice Services, provides home care to eligible patients who are in an advanced stage of any disease and receiving ongoing treatment. 

Hospice Care

Penn Medicine's home and inpatient hospice programs, including Penn Hospice at Rittenhouse, are managed by Penn Home Care & Hospice Services.

Frequently Asked Questions

Find answers to commonly asked questions regarding Penn Medicine's Palliative Care program.

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