The care of people living with cancer is a major focus of The Queen’s Medical Center’s Pain and Palliative Care (P&PC) Department. Available at the request of a patient’s oncologist, P&PC clinicians work with patients and families to prevent and relieve the pain, symptoms, and stress related to their illness. The goal is to improve quality-of-life for both the patient and family throughout the course of cancer treatment.
Palliative care at Queen’s is provided by a team of board-certified doctors, advanced practice nurses, and other specialists who work with their patients’ other doctors to provide an extra layer of support. Pain and palliative care needs may arise at any cancer stage and pain and palliative care treatments can be provided together with curative treatment. Counseling on palliative treatment options is also available.
The P&PC Department provides care for well over a thousand patients each year. The Queen’s P&PC Department was the first program in Hawaii to be awarded The Joint Commission’s Certificate of Distinction for Advanced Certification in Palliative Care.