The Palliative Care Service at Smilow Cancer Hospital has been providing comprehensive interdisciplinary care to patients and their families since October 2007. The service, directed by Jennifer Kapo, MD, focuses on symptom management and quality of life issues for adult patients with serious chronic progressive or terminal illnesses.
The program is centered on the patient and their family, and deals with physical issues such as pain, fatigue, and nausea; and also with psychosocial issues like depression, disruption of family life, and financial concerns. Each patient consultation includes a comprehensive review of medical records, a detailed medical history, a physical examination, and a discussion of the symptoms, goals, values, social interests, and spiritual needs of the patient and his/her family. Ongoing evaluation and follow-care is then provided as needed.