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Palliative Care

If you have a serious illness, seek palliative care from UNC Health for relief from symptoms. You’ll find professionals who address your needs as a whole person—so you can focus on healing.

What Is Palliative Care?

The goal of palliative care is to improve quality of life and lessen stress for patients and their loved ones. Count on our specially trained team of doctors, nurses, social workers, and chaplains to tailor services to your unique needs.

Is Palliative Care Right for Me?

You can benefit from palliative care:

  • At any stage of a chronic (long-term) illness, such as cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), heart failure, or kidney disease
  • If you, your caregivers, or loved ones feel stressed or overwhelmed
  • If symptoms of your condition or its treatment affect your well-being
  • While also receiving other medical treatments

Palliative Care Versus Hospice

Palliative care is not the same as hospice care. Hospice provides comfort to improve quality of life only during the final stage of a terminal, or life-ending, illness. But if you receive hospice care at UNC Health, you may also receive palliative care.

Your Care Plan

Access high-quality, personalized services from compassionate professionals who understand how illness can affect your mind, body, and spirit. Count on our team to:

  • Answer questions
  • Help you communicate with your doctors and other providers as well as your loved ones
  • Help you understand your condition and care options and make decisions that are right for you
  • Listen and get to know you, your beliefs, and preferences for your care
  • Manage symptoms and side effects like nausea, pain, shortness of breath, or trouble sleeping
  • Offer emotional support to you and your loved ones
  • Provide spiritual care

Cost of Palliative Care

Medicare, Medicaid, and most private insurance plans cover palliative care. Contact your insurance provider to learn more.

Find a Doctor

Get outstanding, compassionate primary and specialty care from UNC Health. Find a doctor near you to request your appointment and get started.