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Supportive care

Supportive care is for people with a serious or long-term medical problem. It offers you and your family an extra level of care.  

We help children and adults at any stage of illness

Whether your needs are simple or complex, we offer an extra level of specialized support.*


Extra support and information

We help you understand your health and the care you may need. 


Care that fits your life and needs

We focus on your health needs and what matters most to you. 


A plan that works with your doctor’s plan

We make sure our plan works with your overall care plan. 


Care when and where you need it

We offer care in your home, a hospital or a skilled nursing facility.  

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Supportive care is also known as palliative care. It helps people of any age with a serious or long-term health problem. You can get supportive care anytime and for as long as it’s needed. It works alongside the care you get from your other doctors.

Goals include:

  • Helping you and loved ones learn about your illness and what to expect
  • Lowering your pain and improving your comfort and well-being
  • Offering support and advice that can help you make decisions 
  • Supporting your family and caregivers 
  • Updating your care plan as your health and goals change 

Supportive care helps adults and children living with serious health concerns, such as: 

  • Cancer 
  • Heart problems 
  • Kidney failure 
  • Lung problems 

Supportive care can help ease a variety of symptoms, including: 

  • Breathing problems 
  • Loss of appetite 
  • Pain 
  • Sadness 
  • Sleeping problems  
  • Weakness  
  • Worry

No. Supportive care is not the same as hospice care. Hospice is end-of-life care. It’s offered when a patient has six months or less to live.  

Your doctor will usually suggest supportive care if it’s needed. They’ll also connect you to supportive care programs. If you’re interested in supportive care, talk with your doctor.  

Most health plans cover supportive care. So do Medicare and Medicaid. To find out what your plan covers, call the number listed on the back of your member ID card.  

Your care will be offered by a team of experts. They work with you, your family and your other doctors. Depending on what you want and need and on your location, your team may include:  

  • Dietitians (food and healthy eating experts) 
  • Doctors  
  • Nurses  
  • Physical or occupational therapists 
  • Social workers 
  • Specialists 
  • Spiritual advisors 
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Advance care

Advance care planning

How do you want to be cared for if you can’t speak for yourself? Advance care planning makes your wishes known. 

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Specialty care

Cancer care

Our specialists are experts in a wide range of cancers. We’ll get to know you and do everything we can to help you get well.  

Helpful resources

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Become a patient

We care for people of all ages and accept most health plans.   

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Prepare for your visit

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Health and wellness resources

Learn ways to stay connected, safe and healthy.  

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*Supportive care services vary by location. Check with your doctor’s office or health plan for specific information.