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Palliative care

Providing an extra layer of support for your diagnosis

If you are faced with a serious illness, you may benefit from Novant Health UVA Health System supportive care. Also known as palliative care, this specialized service is designed to maximize quality of life for you and your loved ones by minimizing the symptoms, pain and stress associated with your diagnosis.

At Novant Health UVA Health System we recognize that it takes a team approach to manage a serious illness. That’s why our services provide an extra layer of support during treatment. Our specially trained doctors, nurses and support staff work directly with you and your other doctors to provide the care that’s right for you.

Our services include:

  • Expert treatment of symptoms such as pain, nausea, fatigue and anxiety.
  • Emotional and spiritual support.
  • Assistance with decision making and guidance for treatment choices.
  • Novant Health UVA Health System Choices and Champions program, which includes assistance with advance directives, such as healthcare power of attorney or a living will.

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When is palliative care right for me?

Any adult living with a chronic or serious illness can benefit from palliative care, no matter the stage of your illness. Coping with an illness becomes harder with time and quality of life may suffer.

You should consider palliative care consultative services if:

  • Your quality of life has been suffering because of an illness.
  • Your condition has worsened despite ongoing treatment.
  • You are relying more on family and friends.
  • You need help understanding your options for your care.
  • You have had increasing trips to the doctor’s offi ce or emergency room.
  • The information given to you by your doctor was confusing and hard to understand.