Palliative Care

Palliative care provides specialized care to people living with serious illnesses, including all types of cancer. Palliative care focuses on relieving symptoms and stress, and on improving the quality of life for both patients and families.

Palliative care can help manage symptoms such as pain, shortness of breath, fatigue, nausea, depression, and anxiety. Many cancer treatments – including chemotherapy and radiation – can cause side effects, and palliative care helps address those, too.

At UT Southwestern Medical Center, palliative care patients also receive advice about making difficult medical decisions, as well as assistance with coordination of care across health care settings. We work with your oncologist to develop a long-term symptom management plan.

When We Can Help

Palliative care can start the moment a patient is diagnosed. We work continually alongside the patient, family, and medical team. As patients pursue therapies and interventions, we’re there to provide support. Once a patient begins working with our palliative care team, he or she has access to our on-call services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 

While palliative care is appropriate for all periods of a serious illness, the biggest benefits have been shown in patients who begin care early. An early start to palliative care can result in patients living longer with a higher quality of life.

Palliative care is not the same as hospice care. But, if hospice care is needed (typically when curative therapy is no longer wanted or helpful), palliative care can help with that transition as well.

Care Where You Need It

The Palliative Medicine Team at UT Southwestern works with inpatients at William P. Clements Jr. University Hospital, Zale Lipshy University Hospital, and Parkland Memorial Hospital. The team also sees outpatients at clinics at Parkland and the Harold C. Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Meet the Team

Palliative care at UT Southwestern is provided by a team of doctors, nurses, social workers, chaplains, and others who work together with a patient’s other doctors to provide another layer of support.

Steven Leach, M.D.

Steven Leach, M.D.

  • Professor
Caitlin Siropaides, D.O.

Caitlin Siropaides, D.O.

  • Assistant Professor
Stephanie Houck, M.D.

Stephanie Houck, M.D.

  • Assistant Professor, Medical Director for Palliiative Care UT Southwestern
Kelley Newcomer, M.D.

Kelley Newcomer, M.D.

  • Assistant Professor
Kate Tindall, M.D.

Kate Tindall, M.D.

  • Assistant Professor
Padmaja Reddy, M.D.

Padmaja Reddy, M.D.

  • Assistant Professor
Mary Paulk, M.D.

Mary Paulk, M.D.

  • Program Director, Palliative Care Fellowship Program; Associate Program Director, Internal Medicine Residency Program Professor
Alexis Barina, M.D.

Alexis Barina, M.D.

  • Assistant Professor

 

Schedule an Appointment

Patients can get a referral to palliative care services by speaking with a member of their primary medical team or their oncologist. For more information about our services, contact us at 214-645-8300 or 214-645-4673 (HOPE).