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New Jersey Palliative Care & Pain Management Center

The Steeplechase Cancer Center at RWJ Somerset’s Palliative Care Program in New Jersey focuses on improving quality of life during all phases of cancer care and supporting patients and their families during and after treatment. The clinical team works closely with services such as supportive counseling, home care, transitional care, and hospice to meet patient needs.

Palliative care focuses on making patients comfortable by addressing the issues that are causing physical or emotional pain. The goal of palliative care is to improve patients’ quality of life and support them and their families during and after treatment. The clinical team works closely with services such as home care and hospice to meet the needs of patients across New Jersey.

Palliative care services are available to all adult inpatients at The Steeplechase Cancer Center who are faced with a serious or life-threatening illness. The staff of New Jersey’s Steeplechase Cancer Center will manage patients’ pain as part of its comprehensive treatment plan. Pain specialists are available and are part of the multidisciplinary team.

The goal of the Palliative Care Program team is to improve the quality of life for our patients by preventing and relieving the pain, symptoms and distress caused by serious illness. It is appropriate for both patients receiving curative treatments and for those near the end of life, whatever the diagnosis. Palliative care helps through all stages of illness, from the time of diagnosis and throughout curative treatments. Patients with many different diseases and illnesses can benefit from palliative care: Speak to your attending physician to ask for a referral.

NJ Palliative Pain Care Services

The Palliative Care team offers a wide range of services to assist patients and their families across New Jersey. They include:
• Pain management
• Social, psychological and spiritual support
• Family meetings to assist decision-making and identifying goals of care

Palliative care can also help relieve pain and other distressing symptoms such as fatigue, shortness of breath, nausea and loss of appetite. It can help you to tolerate treatments and improve your ability to carry on with your life. Palliative care can also help to give you a better understanding of your illness and the choices that you have.

Our Team of Experts

The Palliative Care team includes a board-certified palliative care physician, a board-certified palliative care nurse practitioner, a licensed clinical social worker, and a chaplain.