Palliative Care

Allen J. Block Outpatient Palliative Care Program

The Allen J. Block Outpatient Palliative Care Program at The University of Kansas Cancer Center provides services to meet the physical, psychological and spiritual needs of patients with cancer and their loved ones. Our specialty trained team of physicians, nurses and other professionals helps patients and their families live each day as well as possible.

doctor holding palliative care patient handPalliative care benefits patients by ensuring:

  • Management of pain, symptoms and side effects
  • Care focused around you, your desires and your personal and family values
  • Increased communication between you, your loved ones and care team
  • Coordination of care with an entire multispecialty care team
  • Support from the time of an advanced cancer diagnosis

Whole-patient care

Our team works with patients of any age and at any stage of serious illness. Our goal is to help you manage your illness, get answers to questions and improve your quality of life.

Palliative care, not hospice care

Unlike hospice care, which is provided near the end of life, palliative care is provided throughout the course of an illness, even while you may be receiving curative therapies. The two types of care use many of the same techniques, but hospice focuses on end-of-life care for patients who no longer wish to receive active treatment.

The University of Kansas Cancer Center Palliative Care team photo

Care support and guidance

We explain unfamiliar terms and what you may expect as your care continues. We help you make choices about your healthcare and ensure effective communication between you, your loved ones and your care team. We can also identify resources to meet your needs, such as financial counseling or caregiving assistance.

Learn more

Ask your physician or care team to request a consultation with an outpatient palliative care team member. Services are covered by most insurance.

For more information

Patients: 913-588-1227 | 844-323-1227
Physicians: 913-588-5862 | 877-588-5862