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Baptist Cancer Center offers one of the nation's few hospital-based palliative care programs for terminally ill patients. 

Palliative Care Explained

Palliative care is a type of care devoted to relieving pain and suffering by providing physical, psychological and spiritual comfort to patients who have complex or challenging problems associated with a serious illness. Palliative treatment eases the physical and emotional distress associated with the disease.

Any acutely ill patient may be a candidate for palliative care when the focus of the care turns from cure to comfort. Palliative care begins at diagnosis and continues throughout the course of the disease and can be provided in addition to treatment. Palliative care is provided by a multidisciplinary team, which may include doctors, nurses, dietitians, social workers and chaplain.

Baptist Cancer Center offers one of the nation's few hospital-based palliative care programs for terminally ill patients. Palliative care services include:

  • Aggressive pain and symptom management
  • Assistance in completing life plans which address decision-making for health care choices
  • Interventions directed at decreasing family and caregiver stress from serious illness
  • Coordination of health care services to ensure alignment with the patient's choices

Learn About Palliative Care

The discomfort, symptoms and stress of a serious illness can call for treatment beyond standard medical care. See How palliative care focuses on relieving suffering and improving a patient's quality of life.

Baptist Trinity Home Care

Baptist Trinity Home Care provides compassionate, quality services by skilled professionals under the direction of a patient's physician. Medicare, TennCare, private insurance or private pay are accepted for these services. Newly diagnosed patients, patients with cancer-related emergencies who require skilled observation and assessment and patients in the advanced stages of cancer who do not choose hospice often need home care services.

Skilled Nursing Services

Include teaching and training activities regarding:

Nursing Skills

Therapy services include strengthening, training to normalize walking patterns, helping to move patients from one area to another and caregiver education regarding positioning bed-bound patients, how to move patients from one area to another and performing activities of daily living. Learn more about our rehabilitation services for our cancer patients.

Baptist Trinity Home Care & Hospice offers a bridge program to transfer terminally ill patients from home health care to hospice care. Coordinating the transition from restorative care to palliative care provides the appropriate use of interdisciplinary resources to meet the needs of terminally ill patients.

Nurse checks the IV bag over a palliative care cancer patient.

Baptist Cancer Center

Learn More About Our Cancer Care Services

In addition to our cancer palliative care and hospice services, Baptist Cancer Center offers a wide range of cancer care services. Whether you or a loved one needs chemotherapy, genetic counseling, reconstructive surgery or another form of cancer support, we serve the Mid-South with close-to-home care. Learn more about our cancer services now.