Palliative Care


Palliative care is not just hospice care. This is the most common misconception I hear. The fact is that all hospice care and end-of-life care is palliative care, but not all palliative care is hospice or end-of-life care. 

Steven Pantilat, MD

UCSF Palliative Care

We are pleased to announce our partnership with the UCSF Palliative Care Clinic to help better support our patients. 

Palliative care is specialized medical care that aims to improve quality of life in the face of a serious illness. It can be helpful for people of any age and at any stage of a serious illness. Furthermore, it can be provided alongside disease-focused and life-prolonging treatments.

The palliative care team includes a physician, nurse, social worker, and chaplain. Based on your needs, you may be seen by one or several of these providers. They will then partner closely with your other medical providers to make a comprehensive plan to help you feel more comfortable and supported.

This team of professionals can help address a variety of issues including but not limited to:

  • Symptom relief (physical and emotional symptoms such as pain, shortness of breath, fatigue, poor appetite, constipation, nausea, anxiety, and depression)
  • Psychosocial and spiritual support (coping, loss, caregiver strain, spiritual concerns)
  • Support and connect you with community services
  • Assistance with decision-making and advance care planning

Palliative care’s goal is to help you feel as good as possible, for as long as possible.

If you have any questions about palliative care services and would like to be referred, please let us know or you can contact the Palliative Care Clinic directly at 415-514-1966.

Additional Information from the American Thoracic Society: Palliative Care