Palliative Care for Adults

If you have been diagnosed with a serious or life-limiting illness, NYU Langone specialists can work with you to develop a treatment plan that addresses the medical condition as well as the symptoms and side effects of treatment.

Our palliative care program is focused on improving the quality of life of adults who have serious illnesses. We give you the information you need, so you understand your treatment options and the goals of medical care and can make informed medical decisions.

Palliative care may be beneficial at any stage of a serious illness or chronic, debilitating condition. It is appropriate for people who are receiving curative treatment for a condition or dealing with the side effects of treatment.

Your palliative care team works with you to develop a comprehensive treatment plan to relieve symptoms, such as pain, shortness of breath, fatigue, constipation, nausea, loss of appetite, and difficulty sleeping.

Request Palliative Care

If you or a loved one could benefit from palliative care services, ask your doctor or nurse for a referral. You can reach us directly by calling 212-263-0900.

Our team can also help you develop advance directives, which allow you to express how much or how little care you want when you are no longer able to make these decisions for yourself.

We also provide palliative care services for children at NYU Langone.

Palliative Care for People with Kidney Disease

The Kidney Comprehensive Advanced Renal disease and End stage kidney disease Support (CARES) program gives people living with kidney disease the extra help they need. The Kidney CARES team works with your primary nephrologist to manage the symptoms that are often associated with kidney disease.

These physical and emotional symptoms include pain, itching, and insomnia. Support and counseling are available to people who experience anxiety and depression. We also assist with advance care planning and care coordination to ensure you receive the care that is right for you.

Kidney CARES is made up of an expert team that includes a registered nurse who specializes in advance care planning, a psychologist who works with patients facing advanced serious illness, and Dr. Jennifer Scherer, who is a palliative care physician and a nephrologist. We can also help you with any treatment decisions, specifically the choice whether to start or withdraw renal replacement therapy, also known as dialysis.

For more information about Kidney CARES, please call 212-263-0705 or email