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Palliative Care

The Maine Medical Center Palliative Care Program provides care and support to patients and families facing a serious illness. Palliative care is appropriate at any age, from pediatric to geriatric, for life-threatening or life-limiting illnesses. Care can be provided during any part of a patient’s illness.

What is palliative care?

Palliative care (pronounced pal-lee-uh-tiv) is specialized medical care that provides help in managing pain and other symptoms of serious illness. It also provides emotional, psychological and spiritual support to patients and their families as they plan for the future.Palliative care teams work together with primary care physicians and specialists to create individualized care plans. The goal of care is to make the quality of life better for both the patient and the family.For adults, palliative care services typically include care for patients suffering from:

  • advanced cancer
  • lung disease
  • heart disease
  • neurodegenerative diseases such as dementia and ALS

How does pediatric palliative care differ?

Pediatric palliative care is specialized medical care that meets the needs of infants, children and adolescents with serious illnesses. Not all pediatric patients getting palliative care have terminal illnesses, but all suffer from a serious medical condition that affects their quality of life, such as:

  • genetic disorders
  • cancer
  • complications from prematurity
  • neurologic disorders
  • heart and lung conditions

Contact Us

Maine Medical Center Palliative Care Program

22 Bramhall Street
Portland, ME 04102
Phone: (207) 662-3500
Fax: (207) 662-3070

Palliative and Supportive Care Clinic

66 Bramhall Street
Portland, ME 04102
Phone: (207) 662-2847
Fax: (207) 662-6434