Palliative Care & Pain Management

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center’s Palliative Medicine Service is committed to relieving suffering and improving quality of life for patients throughout the course of their cancer treatment. We help patients manage physical symptoms such as pain, shortness of breath, and nausea, as well as non-physical causes of pain, such as sadness, depression, and anxiety.

Pictured: Nessa Coyle & Paul Glare
Our Approach & Expertise

Memorial Sloan Kettering has long recognized the importance of palliative care and the management of pain in cancer treatment and has been at the forefront of preventing and treating cancer-related distress.

Pictured: Wayne Quashie
Wayne Quashie, Clinical Nurse Specialist

For Wayne Quashie, providing great care isn't just a matter of having strong clinical skills; it's about connecting with patients on a personal level.

What Is Palliative Care?

Nurse practitioner Nessa Coyle says palliative care can help patients achieve the best quality of life possible during treatment for advanced cancer.

Help for the Caregiver

Social worker Carol Krueger says providing end-of-life care for a family member or friend with cancer can be an equally rewarding and challenging job.

Evaluating and Treating Cancer Pain

Pain specialist Paul Glare explains the causes of cancer-related pain, and describes strategies to help manage it.

What Is Palliative Care?
Help for the Caregiver
Treating Cancer Pain