FAQ

FAQ2019-12-13T12:58:33-05:00
Is palliative care right for me?2019-11-21T13:48:54-05:00

If you have a serious illness that is causing symptoms and stresses that are hard to manage, then palliative care is right for you. Palliative care is specialized medical care focused on providing relief from the symptoms, stresses, and side effects of an illness or its respective treatments. The intention is to improve the quality of life for you and your family. At PMC, we will work with you and your doctor to manage your illness, evaluate options, and make sure that your treatment plan aligns with your goals. Palliative care is an extra layer of support for you and your family as you navigate the challenges of your illness.

Who can receive palliative care?2019-11-21T13:48:37-05:00

If you have a serious medical condition that is causing difficult symptoms and impacting your quality of life, you are eligible to receive this type of care. Some of these symptoms may be pain, agitation, difficulty breathing, or nausea. Palliative care is available to patients of any age, regardless of life expectancy or prognosis. It can be provided alongside curative treatments.

When should I start palliative care?2019-11-21T13:49:14-05:00

You can start palliative care at any stage of your illness. Whenever you feel comfortable or are starting to think about palliative care, discuss it with your primary care physician and give us a call at 240 – 753 – 4469.

Is there a time limit for how long I can receive services?2019-10-29T14:59:54-04:00

There is no time limit on how long you can receive palliative care services at PMC; it would depend on your needs as a patient.

Who would be providing palliative care?2019-11-21T13:49:23-05:00

Palliative care services at PMC would be provided by a certified physician or nurse practitioner – experts in palliative care and pain management.

Will I be able to continue seeing my primary care physician?2019-11-21T13:49:32-05:00

Yes. The palliative care doctors work in collaboration with your primary care physician and specialists involved in your care. You would also be able to continue receiving curative treatment for your illness.

Would I have to stop any curative treatments in order to receive palliative care?2019-11-21T13:49:41-05:00

No. You can continue any curative treatments while receiving palliative care. The doctors at PMC will work with your physicians to help you manage your treatments.

Where can I receive palliative care?2019-11-21T13:49:50-05:00

Our doctors and nurse practitioners see patients at the Shady Grove Adventist Aquilino Cancer Center, located at 9905 Medical Center Drive, Ste. 300, Rockville, MD 20850. Appointments can be made for Wednesdays (9 am – 1 pm) and Thursdays (2 pm – 6 pm).

How is palliative care paid for?2019-11-21T13:50:26-05:00

PMC accepts Medicare and Carefirst. For other insurances, it will be the patient’s responsibility to get reimbursed. Payment will be done at the appointment time; note that a co-pay may be required.