Serious Illness Requires a Special Kind of Care
Palliative care is expert medical care dedicated to relieving the pain, distress and other symptoms that can accompany serious illness. It is specialized and holistic care aimed at treating the way a serious illness impacts patients and their families – including the physical, emotional, social and spiritual aspects.
The Palliative Care Center Silicon Valley™ (PCCSV) is the first and only independent, community-based, licensed outpatient palliative care center of its kind in California. Patients treated at the Center may have one or more of a number of serious or chronic life-threatening illnesses, such as cancer, congestive heart failure, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, kidney failure or Alzheimer's disease, among others.
Physicians may refer patients to the Center for consultation at any stage of a serious illness, including at time of diagnosis. The Palliative Care Center works collaboratively with other healthcare practitioners to provide the extra layer of support that patients and families often need while undergoing other treatments. While others are working to treat the disease, palliative care focuses its efforts on relieving the pain and emotional distress caused by the disease.
When patients and families make decisions regarding treatment options, PCCSV physicians, nurses and social workers can help facilitate discussions and help minimize the distress that can accompany such discussions. The Center is committed to making its services available and accessible to the culturally and economically diverse populations of our community.