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Palliative Care

The Palliative Care Service at Yale New Haven Hospital and Smilow Cancer Hospital is dedicated to the care and comfort of seriously ill patients and their families. Palliative care focuses on symptom and pain management and quality of life issues for adult patients with complex, chronic or terminal illnesses at any stage of the illness.

Patients receive comprehensive interdisciplinary care. Each patient consultation includes a thorough review of the medical history, a physical examination, and a discussion of the symptoms and goals of the patient and their family. Ongoing evaluation and follow-up care is then provided as needed.

Our palliative care team specializes in end-of-life supportive care which may include issues such as pain, nausea, shortness of breath, fatigue, and side effects from medications and treatments. The team also addresses psychosocial issues such as depression, anxiety, disruption of family life and financial concerns. Social work services and spiritual support for the patient and their family is also offered.

Physician referral is required for Palliative Care. For services at:

  • Smilow Cancer Hospital of Fairfield County, call 203-384-3388
  • All other locations, call 203-200-2725

View all Smilow Cancer Hospital locations.

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Palliative Care Program

Cancer Support Groups

Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale New Haven offers cancer support groups.