Palliative Medicine and Supportive Care

Palliative Medicine and Supportive Care is specialized medical care for people living with a serious illness. This type of care is focused on providing relief from the symptoms and stress of a serious illness. The goal is to improve quality of life for both the patient and the family.

Palliative care can be provided during all stages of serious illness, and often serves as an extra layer of support along with curative treatment. Palliative medicine is based on your needs, not on your prognosis. Our team has specialized doctors, advance practice professionals, nurses, social workers, and chaplains all working together to provide support for you and those you love.

Our goal is to provide high-quality patient care within a setting that advances medical science through research and educates the next generation of leaders in healthcare.

What to expect from Palliative Medicine and Supportive Care

  • Expert management of symptoms such as pain, depression, anxiety, fatigue, shortness of breath, constipation, nausea, loss of appetite, and difficulty sleeping.
  • Clear and compassionate communication from your medical team.
  • Focus on the emotional, social and spiritual needs of you and your loved ones.
  • Help understanding what to expect in the future and guidance in making decisions regarding your health and types of care you prefer.


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Louisiana State University Health Shreveport (LSUHS) strives to cultivate a diverse and inclusive culture that supports equity, acceptance, and respect for the differences in others. The institution is committed to achieving excellence in fulfilling its mission by utilizing the rich talents of individuals who contribute different backgrounds, perspectives, and experiences to the work and learning environment and who reflect the varied populations of Louisiana. As such, the institution adopts a definition of diversity that embraces a broad spectrum of human expression and characteristics that include but are not limited to race, ethnicity, gender/gender identity, social and cultural attributes, abilities, sexual orientation, religion, rural or metropolitan background, military or veteran status, and age. In addition, diversity also includes life experiences, record of service, and other talents and personal attributes that enhance the work and learning atmosphere. LSUHS is dedicated to building an inclusive and diverse community through the recruitment, enrollment, hiring, and retention/graduation of students, faculty, staff, and leadership who meet this definition of diversity.