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Palliative Care

Palliative care is a medical specialty for people living with serious illness at every stage of life.  The goal is to support quality of life for patients and their families through the prevention and relief of suffering. Facing a serious advanced illness is not easy. There are difficult topics to discuss with your loved ones, treatment options to consider, and tough decisions to make; however you do not have to go through this alone. We are here to help you and your family talk through these challenging issues and understand your options. Above all, we will help support the decisions you make about your care. We will talk with you about what is important to you and how we can support your personal beliefs and wishes for today and the future. Your values, preferences, and hopes will guide your care

Palliative care is a team approach to care. To “palliate” means to relieve symptoms of a progressive disease. The core team includes a doctor, nurse and social worker, each of whom has special training in palliative care practice. The team spends as much time as necessary with you and partners with you, your family, and your doctors. We will help you and your loved ones better understand your illness and treatment choices, as well as discuss how you would like your care to proceed. Whatever your questions or concerns, we’ll help you face the tough choices ahead.

We promise to:
Offer palliative care to you and your family.
Learn about you, your values, and your truth.
Keep you and your goals at the center of your care.
Share your plans with all who care for you.
Support you and help relieve your burdens.
Honor you and your wishes.


Inpatient Palliative Care:
(408) 972-6888

Outpatient Palliative Care:
(408) 972-7311