Palliative Care Program

The Palliative Care Service at Smilow Cancer Hospital has been providing comprehensive interdisciplinary care to patients and their families since October 2007. The service, directed by Jennifer Kapo, MD, focuses on symptom management and quality of life issues for adult patients with serious chronic progressive or terminal illnesses.

The program is centered on the patient and their family, and deals with physical issues such as pain, fatigue, and nausea; and also with psychosocial issues like depression, disruption of family life, and financial concerns. Each patient consultation includes a comprehensive review of medical records, a detailed medical history, a physical examination, and a discussion of the symptoms, goals, values, social interests, and spiritual needs of the patient and his/her family. Ongoing evaluation and follow-care is then provided as needed.

In collaboration with our Palliative Care Service, the Bereavement Service at Yale-New Haven Hospital provides care and support to families and friends following the loss of a loved one. Grief is a normal response to loss. Grief responses can be physical, emotional, and spiritual. Learning and understanding more about grief will help with healing. 

A variety of services are offered to help with understanding grief and learning to live life without a loved one:

  • 'Healing Grief' Seminars
  • Bereavement support groups
  • Short term grief counseling by telephone or office visit
  • ‘Hope for the Holidays’
  • Annual Memorial Service
  • Information and referral service for bereavement resources

The Bereavement Service offers support at both our York Street and Saint Raphael campuses. For further information call (203) 415-8940.