Interdisciplinary palliative care consultations are available on all inpatient adult services at UNC Hospitals. Consultations are also available to adult outpatients with cancer in the Oncology Clinics at UNC through the Supportive Care Consultation Service. Consults provide input from trained physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses, social workers and pharmacists.

Supportive care is medical care focused on maintaining quality of life and managing symptoms for patients who are being treated for cancer. Supportive care programs focus on outpatients receiving care for cancer and are often associated with palliative care programs but include mainly patients who are being actively treated or may have had treatment in the past and now have late-onset symptoms.

The Supportive Care Consult Service and Clinic is designed to aid oncology patients and their loved ones with the following:

  • Pain
  • Symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, anxiety, depression, fatigue, loss of appetite, or shortness of breath
  • Emotional, psychological, or spiritual suffering
  • Nutritional problems
  • Concern about medical decisions
  • Difficulty communicating values, goals, and personal choices

The Supportive Care Consult Service and Clinic has served patients from all adult outpatient oncology services, including medicine, surgery, gynecology, and radiation oncology, addressing symptoms or concerns can arising from either the disease process or from its treatment.

For additional information please view our Supportive Care brochure

Supportive Care consultation: Call (984) 974-0000