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Palliative Care & Supportive Care for Adults

If you have been diagnosed with a serious or life-limiting illness, NYU Langone’s palliative care and supportive care team can help relieve the symptoms and side effects of your condition and its treatment, as well as provide emotional support.

Palliative care is available to people who are being cared for in the hospital as well as those who are receiving treatment in an outpatient setting, where it is known as supportive care. We provide people who are receiving supportive care with referrals to appropriate programs at Perlmutter Cancer Center or other care providers throughout NYU Langone.

Our care team works in collaboration with your primary and specialty doctors. We want to understand your physical symptoms, emotional needs, and personal goals. We thoroughly explain your treatment options and work with you and your family to develop a personalized care plan. Our team specializes in advance care planning, which allows you to express your values and care preferences so that they can be honored should you lose the ability to make these decisions for yourself.

Doctor Speaking with a Patient and Family Member

NYU Langone’s palliative care program has received specialty certification from The Joint Commission. This designation reflects our patient- and family-centered approach to providing the best possible quality of life for people with serious illness.

Specialized Palliative Care and Supportive Care

We provide palliative care and supportive care for people who have cancer as well as those with advanced disease involving the lungs, heart, kidneys, and liver. Our services are also available for people being evaluated for organ transplantation at the NYU Langone Transplant Institute. People who have advanced neurologic disease including dementia, Parkinson’s disease, and multiple sclerosis can also be referred for consultation.

We consider your personal values and treatment preferences to create tailored approaches to care. We treat symptoms related to the underlying disease such as pain, shortness of breath, fatigue, anxiety, and depression. We provide spiritual and emotional support and help you with medical decision-making. For more information on these specialized programs, please call 212-263-6202.

At Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital at NYU Langone, we provide palliative care for children.

Perlmutter Cancer Center Supportive Oncology Clinic

The supportive care team at Perlmutter Cancer Center provides expert cancer pain management and relief of common symptoms including shortness of breath, nausea, fatigue, loss of appetite, weight loss, anxiety, and stress related to cancer and its treatments. We provide personalized, goal-oriented care in conjunction with your oncologist and assist with cancer treatment decisions as appropriate. Please ask your treating oncologist for a referral or call 212-731-5857 for more information.

Palliative Care for People with Kidney Disease

The Kidney CARES (Comprehensive Advanced Renal Disease and End Stage Kidney Disease Support) Program provides palliative care for people living with kidney disease.

The palliative care team manages your physical and emotional symptoms, including pain, itching, insomnia, anxiety, and depression. We also assist with planning for the future, dialysis decision-making, conservative management of kidney disease, and care coordination to ensure you receive the services that are right for you.

Our program is led by Dr. Jennifer S. Scherer, who has expertise in palliative care and nephrology. For more information about Kidney CARES, please call 212-263-0705 or email jennifer.scherer@nyulangone.org.

Contact Us

If you or a loved one could benefit from palliative or supportive care services, please ask your doctor or nurse for a referral. You can also request care at NYU Langone’s Tisch Hospital, Kimmel Pavilion, and NYU Langone Orthopedic Hospital by calling 212-263-0900. At NYU Langone Hospital—Brooklyn, please call 347-377-3769.