Palliative care multidisciplinary team
Palliative care is the comprehensive interdisciplinary care of patients and families where the focus is to alleviate suffering in the face of serious chronic illness.
In practice with the overall VCU Massey Cancer Center multidisciplinary approach to care, the team at the Thomas Palliative Care Unit provides comprehensive care to each patient. Our team consists of physicians, nurses, occupational and physical therapists, social workers and chaplains as well as a dietician, pharmacist, psychosocial clinical nurse specialist, care coordinator and volunteer coordinator. Special emphasis is placed on providing the following services:
Pain management: Our clinical staff has had intense training to assure the proper techniques are being used to control pain and make patients as physically comfortable as possible. Learn more about our advanced pain and symptom management services.
Psychological, social and spiritual guidance: We view the patient and family member as the unit of care, encompassing the patient’s physical, emotional, spiritual and social needs by offering a holistic approach to care. To carry out this mission, we are staffed with individuals with expertise in addressing the psychosocial, emotional and spiritual needs of patients. These include a psychosocial clinical nurse specialist, a palliative care chaplain and chaplains from the pastoral care and patient counseling department.
- Planning goals of care: The palliative care team offers you and your family assistance in determining and documenting your goals and wishes for specific treatments based on your medical condition and personal preferences. Clinical care is shaped by your choices, even if you become unable to make decisions for yourself. By anticipating emergencies, crisis decision making is decreased.