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Supportive Care for Adults

If you have been diagnosed with a serious or life-limiting illness, NYU Langone specialists can provide supportive care that addresses the symptoms and side effects of your condition and its treatment.

Supportive care, also known as palliative care, can 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 coping with the side effects of treatment.

Your supportive 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. Our goal is help you make informed medical decisions. We do this by helping you understand your treatment options and the goals of medical care.

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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 illnesses.

Contact Us

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

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

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

Supportive Care for People with Kidney Disease

The Kidney CARES (Comprehensive Advanced Renal Disease and End Stage Kidney Disease Support) program gives people living with kidney disease the extra help they need. The Kidney CARES team works with your primary nephrologist to manage your physical and emotional symptoms, including pain, itching, insomnia, anxiety, and depression.

We also assist with advance care planning and care coordination to ensure you receive the services that are 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 S. Scherer, who is a palliative care physician and nephrologist. We can also help you with any treatment decisions, specifically in regards to renal replacement therapy, also known as dialysis.

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

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