The palliative care program at the Duke Cancer Institute is committed to improving quality of life and easing suffering for cancer patients and their loved ones through compassionate care, innovative teaching, and pioneering research.
Duke Palliative Care physicians work closely with the patient’s other doctors to provide support at any stage of cancer treatment using a patient-centered approach. Consultation is available to inpatients at the request of a patient’s attending physician to help manage symptoms, assist with communication and decision-making, and provide support during times of need.
The Duke palliative care team includes a specialist physician, nurse practitioner, social worker, and chaplain. As necessary, we bring in other providers. In addition to receiving state of the art interdisciplinary care, Duke patients benefit from research done here and our evidence-based approach to providing care. Duke is an international leader in palliative care research.
Duke Palliative Care works alongside oncologists in the inpatient solid tumor oncology unit to ensure that all patients have ongoing access to palliative care services. In both, Duke and Duke Regional Hospitals, we also have inpatient consultation services that are available for all patients. Outpatient palliative care services are also available for patients being seen by Duke Cancer Institute physicians and other caregivers. Finally, we work closely with Duke Home Health and Hospice to arrange, when necessary, services at their inpatient facilities and care at home.
Consultation for palliative care is available at the request of the patient’s attending physician. Please let your physician know if you would like more information about palliative care.
Physicians offering this service include:
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