The Tate Cancer Center at UM BWMC offers Palliative Medicine for our patients with cancer.
What is Palliative Medicine? Palliative medicine specializes in the relief of pain, symptoms and stress of serious or chronic illness. It improves the quality of life and can help when patients need answers, relief, expertise and support. Palliative medicine is appropriate at any age and any stage of illness, and can be provided along with curative treatment.
How Does it Improve Quality of Life? An individualized plan of care is created to meet the needs of each patient. It helps patients take a “big picture” look at their conditions, map out possible options and match their care plans with their personal values.
What’s Included in the Plan of Care? The individualized plan of care includes physical, psychosocial and spiritual components. Palliative medicine addresses distressing cancer symptoms such as pain, shortness of breath, fatigue, nausea, loss of appetite and difficulty sleeping. Alleviating these symptoms can help patients tolerate medical treatments.
Who Provides Palliative Medicine? Care is provided by a specialized practitioner in concert with a team of UM BWMC doctors, pharmacists and support staff. They have received advanced training and work together with the patient’s other cancer doctors to provide an extra layer of support.
What Does the Team Do? In partnership with the patient’s oncologist, the Palliative Medicine Team provides:
- Expert treatment of pain and symptoms
- Navigation of the healthcare system
- Guidance with complex treatment choices
- Psychosocial and spiritual aspects of care
- Advanced care planning
- Assistance with Advanced Directives
- Assistance with medication management
Who Do I Contact? Patients and their families can ask their oncologist for a palliative medicine consultation. Patients can also contact the Palliative Medicine Team directly at 410-787-4830 or via email at Theresa.Liberatori@umm.edu. The office is located in the Tate Cancer Center, 305 Hospital Drive, Suite 304, Glen Burnie, Maryland 21061.