Palliative and Supportive Care Program

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About Our Palliative and Supportive Care Program

Palliative care is a specialized type of medical care that is given to people living with a serious illness, such as cancer. Care is focused on improving the patient’s quality of life, as well as that of their loved ones, by providing relief from the symptoms and stress of the illness.

The multidisciplinary Palliative and Supportive Care team at Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi works with each cancer patient’s wider cancer team to support them and their families. Consisting of physicians, advanced nurse practitioners, social workers, occupational and physical therapists, psychologists and more, the team is specially trained in the wide range of challenges that anyone affected by cancer may face.

The Palliative and Supportive Care Program at Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi Cleveland Clinic is innovative within the field of palliative care. As an embedded service within our Oncology Institute, providing novel models of care, we offer an integrated, inclusive and holistic approach to cancer care.

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Our Approach

Our Palliative and Supportive Care Program team’s approach is to address every patient as a whole. This means addressing the many issues that the effects of cancer and its treatment may have on a person, to improve quality of life. Our palliative and supportive care model focuses on the individual needs of the patient and the team are advocates for them, ensuring that whenever possible, treatment is aligned with their wishes and goals, rather than their prognosis.

Our team works collaboratively with the shared goal of treating or preventing, as early as possible, the side effects and symptoms of cancer, such as pain, nausea and tiredness. This also includes related psychological, social, practical and emotional problems, as well as the side effects of treatment or therapies. The team also provide support for family caregivers and facilitate communication between the patient and their healthcare team to ensure their voice is heard.

Working closely with the wider team of oncology specialists, the team forms an additional layer of support for every patient and their family.

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Our Patients

The Palliative and Supportive Care Program supports patients at any stage of their cancer journey, alongside any treatments or therapies being received. The Palliative and Supportive Care team also support patients and families nearer to the end of life, when care is more comfort focused.

Our patients include:

  • Patients who have received a cancer diagnosis,
  • Patients or families dealing with the stress of a cancer diagnosis,
  • Patients dealing with pain or other symptoms related to cancer, and
  • Patients and families facing difficult decisions about their treatment.

The effects of cancer and its treatment are different for every patient and every family member or loved one. An individual’s specific needs are considered when planning palliative or supportive care, and our specialists will consider the following issues:

  • Physical symptoms,
  • Emotional needs and coping mechanisms,
  • Family caregiver needs, and
  • Practical support.

The Palliative and Supportive Care Program team also support patients seeking other forms of therapy, by referring them to nutritionists, occupational therapists, or physical therapists.

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Program Caregivers

Our multidisciplinary Palliative and Supportive Care Program team consists of many caregivers, specifically trained in a range of issues that cancer patients and their families may encounter along the cancer journey.

The team includes:

  • Palliative Medicine Physicians
  • Nurse Practitioner
  • Physician Assistants
  • Social Workers
  • Registered Nurses
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Physical Therapists
  • Psychologists
  • Nutritionists
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