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Palliative care, also known as palliative medicine, is specialized medical care for people living with serious illness. It focuses on providing relief from the symptoms and stress of a serious illness—whatever the diagnosis. The goal is to improve quality of life for both the patient and the family. Palliative care is provided by a team of palliative care doctors, nurses and other specialists who work together with a patient’s other doctors to provide an extra layer of support. It is appropriate at any age and at any stage in a serious illness and can be provided along with curative or life prolonging treatment.


Recent Palliative Care News

Dr. Lucille Marchand to be Osher Center for Integrative Medicine’s inaugural executive director

With a $5.5 million grant from the San Francisco-based Bernard Osher Foundation, UW Medicine is strengthening its work in integrative…Read More

Dr. Melissa A .Bender Earns Fellow Status from the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine

Melissa A. Bender, MD, FAAHPM, of Seattle, WA recently earned the designation Fellow of the American Academy of Hospice and…Read More

Dr. Lu Marchand awarded the Stuart J and Annalu Farber Endowed Professorship in Palliative Care Education

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Lu Marchand has been awarded the Stuart J and Annalu Farber Endowed Professorship…Read More