The National Cancer Institute (NCI) Community Cancer Centers Program (NCCCP), a strategic partnership of the NCI and participating hospitals, is designed to create a community-based cancer center network to support cancer research, and enhance access to and increase quality of care at community hospitals. As a participating NCCCP site, the Nancy N. and J.C. Lewis Cancer & Research Pavilion (LCRP) at St. Joseph's/Candler strives to improve the patient experience by expanding survivorship and palliative care services.
Palliative care is interdisciplinary care that aims to relieve suffering and improve the quality of life for patients with a life-threatening illness. The goal of palliative care is to prevent and relieve suffering by managing symptoms and support the best possible quality of life for patients and their families, regardless of the stage of the disease or need for therapies.
LCRP's palliative care involves a team approach that consists of a physician, an advanced practice nurse, nurse navigator, social worker and chaplain specifically trained in palliative care. These specialists provide expert management of distressing symptoms such as pain, nausea, shortness of breath, anxiety and depression, while incorporating psychosocial and spiritual care according to the patient/family needs, values, beliefs and culture. Our team also provides guidance in coping skills to all those involved.
We work with community-wide organizations such as The Steward Center for Palliative Care.
For more information about palliative care services, please consult your nurse, patient navigator or physician.