Is Palliative Care Right for Me?

Is Palliative Care Right for Me? 

If you’re a patient at Nebraska Medicine and asking the following questions, palliative care may be right for you:

  • I’m nervous about my symptoms being poorly controlled. Who should I talk to?
  • I want to pursue treatment for my condition but also want to prepare for what might happen if the treatment doesn’t work. How do I share that with my doctor?
  • I want to feel good and do the things I enjoy for as long as possible. Are there additional resources or support that will help me achieve this?

Being seen by palliative care may be right for you if:

  • Day to day activities are significantly affected by: pain, shortness of breath, nausea, anxiety, depression, fatigue and lack of appetite.
  • You have difficulty dealing with your illness, feeling overwhelmed, feeling sad, having trouble talking with family, having difficulty with faith. 
  • You have the desire to pursue treatment for your condition and also want to discuss what might happen if the treatment doesn’t work and how to share that with you doctor.
  • You are wanting to feel good enough to do the things you enjoy for as long as possible and would like to know the additional resources and support that will help you achieve this.
  • The palliative care team works closely with your providers to help you feel as good as possible and to help make sure that the values that are most important to you are considered in your treatment plan.

This service is available for Nebraska Medicine adult patients, talk to your doctor if a referral to palliative care is right for you. 

Our primary goal is whole person care focused on what matters most to you.