Integrative and palliative oncology

A care team holistically focused on quality of life.

Parkview Packnett Family Cancer Institute realizes that comfort care plays a large role in cancer care due to both the physical and emotional effects of cancer. That’s why we have the only palliative oncologists in the region. These important and unique experts work together with the rest of your care team to ensure a comprehensive approach to your treatment plan – one that prevents or addresses possible symptoms and side effects from cancer and its treatment.

Studies have shown numerous positive effects on patients receiving comfort care during their cancer journey, including:

  • Better symptom control.
  • Improved physical and mental health.
  • Empowerment over cancer care decisions.

What is palliative oncology?

Palliative oncology is focused on comfort care and symptom management. Palliative care is not hospice and does not mean that cancer treatment has ended.  Palliative care may be provided as early as diagnosis or anywhere throughout your cancer journey and can be administered along with your cancer treatment. Depending on your specific needs, your cancer care team may include a palliative oncologist, along with other support professionals including social workers, spiritual care providers, dietitians and the survivorship team.

Parkview Packnett Family Cancer Institute offers palliative care at any point along your cancer journey. Ask a member of your care team if palliative care may be right for you.

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Living with cancer impacts the whole person, in more ways than just having a diagnosis. Our palliative care program covers a wide range of services to support you every step of your journey with this complex disease.

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Regardless of your diagnosis or where you are on your cancer journey; Parkview Packnett Family Cancer Institute’s Palliative Oncology program can holistically help manage your symptoms from cancer or its treatment.

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Here at Parkview, you’ll be cared for by a team of cancer specialists and sub-specialists, not a general oncologist who treats all types of cancer.

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Meet our team

Palliative oncology is one sub-specialty within your cancer care team and supplements your treatment plan. Our experts communicate and coordinate your care for a comprehensive approach to treatment. These experts are specially trained to address possible symptoms and side effects with a concentration on your specific type of cancer.

The role of these expert providers includes:

  • Being an active member of your multidisciplinary care team
  • Relieving physical, emotional and spiritual discomfort
  • Improving quality of life
  • Advocacy
  • Education
  • Support

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