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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

The Farber Endowed Professorship has reached full funding!

As of January 2017, the Stuart J. Farber, M.D., and Annalu Farber Endowed Professorship in Palliative Care Education has reached…Read More

Dr. Melissa Bender receives a UW Medicine Cares Award!

Dr. Melissa Bender is a recipient of the UW Medicine Cares Award for exemplifying outstanding service and dedication to patients,…Read More

Grand Rounds presentation Wednesday, April 6, 2016 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM

Topic: Cambia Palliative Care Center of Excellence: Progress to Date and Next Steps Presenter: J. Randall Curtis, MD, MPH Dr….Read More