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  • Palliative Care

    Palliative or supportive care is medical care focused on relief of the pain, symptoms and stress of serious illnesses like cancer, dementia, heart disease, lung disease and multiple sclerosis. Unlike hospice, palliative care is appropriate for patients in all disease stages, including those undergoing treatment for curable illnesses and people living with chronic diseases, as well as patients who are nearing the end of life and need comfort care.

Missoula Palliative Care Services

Palliative care helps patients gain the strength to carry on with daily life, improves their ability to tolerate medical treatments, and helps them better understand their choices for care, ensuring the best possible quality of life through the relief of suffering and control of symptoms.

Our team of experts, including palliative care doctors, nurses, chaplains and social workers, will develop and administer a plan of care specific to each patient. The care team may include massage therapists, pharmacists, nutritionists and other health care professionals, who will help:

  • Identify the patient's needs, and assess and review the plan of care
  • Collaborating with the clinician’s treatment of the patient by providing patient-family case management, care coordination and effective management of complex and changing symptoms
  • navigate the health care system
  • Provide guidance with difficult and complex treatment choices, and prepare the patient and family for the end-of-life process
  • Work closely with the primary physician to coordinate advance directives, symptom management to ensure communication of care and treatment options to the patient, family and loved ones
  • Provide resources and referrals for community and bereavement services

Who can benefit from Palliative Care?

Patients respond differently to treatment options. A key benefit of palliative care is that it customizes treatment to meet the needs of each patient. Palliative care may be provided at any time during a person’s illness—even from the time of diagnosis—and it may be given at the same time as curative treatment.

Patients considered for palliative care include:

  • Seriously-ill patients who distressing symptoms are difficult to manage
  • Patients and families who are struggling with making decisions about complex medical issues
  • Patients and families whose goals of care appear to be in conflict and/or futile
  • Patients in need of coordination of coordinated care through the course of a complex illness

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