Palliative Care

If you are diagnosed with a serious or life-threatening illness, the physical, emotional, and psychological burden of the illness can be difficult to manage. Our palliative care specialists at Houston Methodist work with your treating physicians to ease the disease burden and to provide you with the best possible quality of life.

How Palliative Care Can Help You
Our experts in palliative care can assist in many ways: 

  • Managing distressing symptoms, such as pain, shortness of breath, fatigue, constipation, nausea, loss of appetite, anxiety, depression, and difficulty sleeping
  • Convening family meetings to discuss goals of care and to make difficult treatment choices
  • Coordinating care across health care services to maximize quality of life along the continuum of illness

Unlike hospice care, palliative care is not dependent on prognosis, and its use is not limited to end-of-life care. Palliative care may be appropriate at any point and can be provided at the same time as curative and life-prolonging treatments and interventions.

If you or your loved one is interested in consulting with a palliative care expert, please inform a physician or nurse. 

Houston Methodist offers dedicated palliative care teams at the following campuses: