Palliative Cancer Care Clinic

Our goal at the Palliative Cancer Care Clinic at Markey is to assist you and your family in enhancing your quality of life and relieve suffering as you navigate your journey with cancer. 

Palliative care is specialized medical care that is focused on addressing the symptoms, pain and stress of a serious illness, such as cancer. This type of care is appropriate for any age, as well as during any stage of a serious illness. It can be provided together with curative treatment.

The Palliative Cancer Care Clinic offers an additional layer of support alongside your cancer care team by offering a wide range of services, including symptom management, advance care planning, education and personalized care. 

Our team includes physicians, advanced practice nurses, social workers, chaplains, pharmacists and nurses with specialized training to address your physical, emotional, social and spiritual needs.

What we do

  • Relieve pain and other symptoms.
  • Assist families in making treatment decisions and establishing goals of care.
  • Promote effective communication with your treatment team.
  • Provide emotional, social, spiritual and bereavement services.
  • Assist with completion of advance directives.
  • Offer continued support along the cancer care continuum.

How we work

When a patient is referred to the Palliative Cancer Care Clinic, we work closely with your cancer treatment team to ensure your treatments match your personal goals and values. We optimize the management of cancer-related or treatment-related symptoms to ensure you have the highest quality of life.  

Contact us

The Palliative Cancer Care Clinic is located inside of the Hematology and Blood & Marrow Transplantation Clinic. If you would like a palliative care consult, please notify a member of your oncology team. We are available Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at 859-257-4488.

Markey Cancer Center is NCI-designated

The UK Markey Cancer Center was first designated by the National Cancer Institute in 2013 – a distinction that recognizes our extraordinary ability to provide world-class care for our patients. We are the only NCI-Designated Cancer Center in Kentucky and one of only 71 in the nation.