Palliative care at the Cancer Center at Metro Health Village is designed to focus on the relief of suffering and improving the quality of life for patients with chronic or life-threatening illnesses. We also offer support services for the patient’s family.
While our focus is on pain and symptom management, palliative care is different than hospice care, in that patients do not have to have a terminal diagnosis. Patients receiving palliative care may continue with curative treatments, and there is no limitation related to life expectancy.
Some of the benefits of palliative care include:
- Relief of problematic symptoms, including pain, nausea, difficulty breathing, anxiety, depression and fatigue
- Help navigating the medical system
- Helping you have a better understanding of your plan of care
Our palliative care services are provided by John Mulder, MD. Dr. Mulder has many years of experience in palliative care. He is currently the Vice President of Medical Services for Faith Hospice and directs Holland Home Palliative Care Services.