Palliative care can help people at any stage of a serious illness and may take place alongside medical treatment to cure the patient's disease. Examples of serious illness include, but are not limited to, cancer, liver disease, emphysema, heart failure, kidney failure and dementia. All patients can ask their doctors or nurses for a consultation with the Palliative Care Program.
In palliative care, our goal is simple: to help you feel as good as possible, for as long as possible.
Our Palliative Care Program:
- Helps patients enjoy the best possible quality of life by managing symptoms such as pain, shortness of breath, nausea, vomiting, fatigue and anxiety
- Educates families about non-drug interventions for reducing symptoms
- Helps patients and families make decisions consistent with what is most important to them
- Provides counseling and spiritual support for patients and families
- Facilitates communication about the illness process and options for care
Outpatient Palliative Care Service
The Outpatient Palliative Care Service serves patients with serious illnesses other than cancer, such as heart failure, chronic lung disease, kidney disease, liver failure and neurologic disease. Our team includes a physician, nurse, social worker and chaplain. Based on your needs, one or several of these providers may work with you. We see patients in the clinic, over videoconferencing or through home visits. Our team will partner closely with your other medical providers to help you feel more comfortable and supported.
400 Parnassus Ave., Eighth Floor
San Francisco, CA 94143
Phone: (415) 514-1966
Hours: M-F, 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.