Our team of hundreds of leading cancer physicians and oncology-trained support staff is a trusted partner in returning patients with cancer to good health.
The palliative care experts at UT Southwestern Medical Center are uniquely trained to work with patients who have cancer to help manage symptoms, relieve pain, and improve quality of life throughout cancer treatment.
As the only National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center in North Texas, we deliver the best cancer care available today and push to discover new treatments. NCI designation means we offer patients the ability to participate in the broadest possible range of clinical trials, with access to potential therapies not available at other facilities.
Helping Patients Through Cancer Treatment
Palliative care provides specialized care to people living with serious illnesses, including all types of cancer. Palliative care focuses on relieving symptoms and stress and improving the quality of life for patients and their families.
Palliative care can help manage symptoms such as pain, shortness of breath, fatigue, nausea, depression, and anxiety. Many cancer treatments – such as chemotherapy and radiation – can cause side effects, and palliative care helps address those, too.
At UT Southwestern, palliative care patients also receive advice about making difficult medical decisions, as well as assistance with coordination of care across health care settings. We work with a patient’s oncologists to develop a long-term symptom management plan.
When to Start Palliative Care
Palliative care can start the moment a patient is diagnosed with cancer. We work continuously alongside the patient, family, and medical team. As patients pursue therapies and interventions, we’re there to provide support. Once a patient begins working with our palliative care team, he or she has access to our on-call services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
While palliative care is appropriate for all periods of a serious illness, the biggest benefits have been shown in patients who begin care early. An early start to palliative care can result in patients living longer with a higher quality of life.
Palliative care is not the same as hospice care, but if hospice care is needed (typically when curative therapy is no longer wanted or helpful), palliative care can help with that transition as well.
The palliative medicine team at UT Southwestern works with patients hospitalized at William P. Clements Jr. University Hospital, Zale Lipshy University Hospital, and Parkland Hospital. The team also sees outpatients at clinics at Parkland and the Harold C. Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center.
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