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What is the difference between palliative care and hospice care?

Palliative medicine is a specialty focused on relieving the symptoms that often accompany a serious illness to provide comfort and the best possible quality of life.

Palliative care can bring comfort at any stage of illness—offering symptom relief, both while curative measures are being pursued, and later on if the disease progresses and curative measures are no longer effective.

In the hospice setting, palliative medicine helps individuals with limited life expectancy, who no longer benefit from curative measures.  All hospice care is palliative (designed for comfort). Our palliative medicine specialists help you manage your symptoms and guide you in making a plan for living well, based on your needs and goals.