Centers & Services

Palliative Care Team

Palliative care is medical care “to address problems that are ongoing or expected to arise resulted from diseases.” Our palliative care team eases “painful symptoms” and “anxiety” and supports “your family who are fighting against your illness with you.” Specialists in various fields, including doctors, nurses, pharmacists, social workers, clinical psychologists, nutritionists, dental hygienists, and physical therapists provide support to solve your problems through mutual collaboration.

Description of Activities

Subject to patients’ or their families’ wishes, we are introduced from doctors in charge.

  • We visit patient rooms during hospitalization as a palliative care team and provide examinations and care. Team members make the rounds once a week. In some cases, persons in charge visit every day according to patients. (There are no inpatient beds for Palliative and Supportive Medicine.)
  • Outpatients must make an appointment with the outpatient clinic for Palliative and Supportive Medicine to provide examinations and care.
  • Team members hold a conference once a week to share information about patients and to consider treatments to palliate symptoms.
  • Consultation to medical staff and study meetings are held.
  • We conduct enlightenment activities related to palliative care for the general public and have visiting mini-classes and open lectures.

Features

Palliative care is not medical care for use in the terminal stage of disease. It is medical care that supports the continuation of “being oneself” conducted concurrently with treatment from the early stage of diagnosis.

< What the Palliative Care Team Can Do >

  • Relieve body pain
  • Ease feelings of anxiety
  • Allay other painful symptoms (e.g., inability to eat, sluggishness, inability to sleep, and strong nausea)
  • Receive feelings of families
  • Provide consultation and guidance related to medication
  • Provide daily life guidance (nutritional guidance, oral care)
  • Provide consultation about places to receive medical treatment, such as home care and transfer to another hospital