Palliative Care Program
Focus on Palliative Care
Since no two people are alike, our team works closely with patients, their loved ones, and their clinicians. Taking into account the patient's personal values and treatment preferences, together we discuss and create a one-of-a-kind approach that includes what matters most to each individual.
Who benefits from palliative care?
Our team provides personalized services, resources and support for patients with a wide range of medical challenges, such as:
- People living with cancer, congestive heart failure, Lou Gehrig's disease (ALS), Alzheimer's disease, and other life-threatening conditions, as well their loved ones, who have concerns and questions of their own
- Infants and children living with complex medical needs, as well as their parents and siblings
- Frail elders living with the health concerns of aging, as well their spouses and adult children who may assist with their daily care
Patients usually receive palliative care services along with other medical treatments, such as intensive care, cardiac or cancer care, and hospice care. At Norris Cotton Cancer Center and DHMC, palliative care services are available to patients in the hospital as well as to those being treated in clinics. When needed, we work closely with hospice teams in a person's community to ensure a smooth transition to care in the family's home or a nearby assisted-living setting.
Read our pamphlet, Living Well With Serious Illness, about palliative care services and resources available through the Cancer Center (PDF).
For more information
For more information about the Palliative Care Program, including information about advance directives, research studies, and Project ENABLE, please see Palliative Care Program on the Dartmouth-Hitchcock website.
Healthy Highlights: Palliative Care
Ira Byock, MD, Director of the Palliative Care Program at Dartmouth-Hitchcock, discusses the importance of celebrating a person's life as they face death.
The Healthy Highlights podcast series features interviews with Dartmouth-Hitchcock clinicians about various health topics. A new episode is released every two weeks.
In these episodes, we talk with Dr. Ira Byock about the importance of planning for a serious illness, and about the concept of "dying well." (Episode links open YouTube video player.)
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