Palliative Care for Lung Disease

Palliative care is multidisciplinary medical care for patients with chronic diseases and critical illnesses, including advanced lung disease. Palliative care fosters better quality of life for patients and families. It relieves patient suffering by controlling symptoms and helps make medical treatments more tolerable. Unlike hospice care which focuses on comfort at the end of life, palliative care can be implemented throughout all stages of disease.

Palliative care services at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) Lung Center are beneficial for patients with chronic lung diseases, including emphysema and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)interstitial lung disease (ILD) and pulmonary hypertension.

It also provides support and peace of mind to patients with cancer such as lung cancer. Our palliative care team incorporates the skills of a thoracic surgeon, pulmonologist, nurse practitioner, social worker, clergy and a case manager. The team helps patients manage symptoms and side-effects and guides patients and families as they make difficult decisions about care.

What palliative care resources ae available?

Bridge to Hospice, a program of Partners HealthCare at Home, provides immediate home care support with preparation for support from hospice in the future.

Palliative care consultation is available for patients with many diagnoses at Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital.

The Adult Palliative Care Program of Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center helps adults with cancer live as well as possible while facing serious illness.

How do I make an appointment?

Call The Lung Center at 1-844-BWH-LUNG (1-844-294-5864) to make an appointment with a critical care medicine specialist or request an appointment online.

How do I refer a patient?

​Physicians can call 1-844-BWH-LUNG (1-844-294-5864) to refer a patient or can make an online referral.​

Who are your palliative care specialists?

Where are you located?

The Lung Center is located at Brigham and Women’s Hospital at the 15 Francis Street entrance. Thoracic surgery, pulmonary and critical care medicine and thoracic imaging are adjacent to one another, making accessibility and appointment scheduling seamless.

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