Palliative Care at Maimonides
Maimonides Cancer Center offers a specialized team of physicians, nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists and social workers who work with our cancer care specialists to provide palliative care to our patients. Some of our physicians and nurse practitioners also have specialized training and experience in cancer care.
Improving Your Quality of Life
Our Palliative Care team works with patients and their families to develop individualized plans which focus on improving quality of life and managing symptoms like nausea, pain, fatigue, depression, at every stage of the cancer journey.
Outpatient office visits for Palliative Care are available at the Maimonides Cancer Center, and can often be coordinated with other appointments scheduled at the cancer center. If a patient is admitted to the hospital, palliative care specialists can see them while they are inpatients.
Our Palliative care team works closely with the support services team at the Maimonides Cancer Center, including the social workers, psychiatrist, psychologist and registered dietician. We all collaborate proactively with your primary cancer care team to manage symptoms that can be associated with cancer illnesses and cancer treatment in order to maximize our patients’ quality of life, and allow each patient to live life to the fullness, even though they have cancer, from diagnosis, through treatment and afterward.
The Maimonides Cancer Center palliative care team also works with agencies and community organizations to help coordinate care for patients who are home bound or who need additional support outside of the hospital or cancer center. Some home health care programs provide palliative care evaluations and follow-up visits to homebound patients.
End of Life Care
Hospice is an integrated, specialized palliative care program, specifically for patients who approaching the ends of their lives. Hospice care is provided through Medicare, NYS Medicaid and commercial insurance. Most hospice care is provided to the patient in their own home, and is focused on helping patients live fully and with the best quality of life during this time. Most hospice care is provided to patients who are not receiving cancer treatment, but in some cases patients can receive cancer treatment while enrolled in a hospice program. We work with all the hospice programs in the metropolitan area and can help patients and their families determine if hospice care would be of benefit to them.
If you think you might benefit from seeing a palliative care specialist, you should ask your cancer care team about a referral, or request an appointment by calling 718-765-2600.