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Palliative, Rehabilitation & Integrative Medicine

The Department of Palliative, Rehabilitation & Integrative Medicine focuses on improving the quality of life for MD Anderson cancer patients and their families.

Following a cancer diagnosis and treatment, it is normal for patients to experience burdensome physical symptoms and/or psychological distress from their disease and/or the cancer treatment itself.  Sometimes these physical and psychological symptoms require specialized care in conjunction to your primary oncology treatment for disease.  The specialized multidisciplinary team may benefit you and your family throughout your fight against cancer.

Defined by the World Health Organization (WHO), palliative care improves the quality of life of patients and families who face life-threatening illness, by providing pain and symptom relief, spiritual and psychosocial support from diagnosis throughout the course of illness.

Supportive Care Center

Upon referral, patients in the Supportive Care Center receive care from one of three specialty outpatient clinics and a mobile consult team for inpatients. For patients who require supportive care around the clock, The 12-bed Andreas Beck Palliative Care Unit focuses on stabilizing symptoms and improving quality of life.

Patients are referred to the Supportive Care Center through an internal consultation by their primary MD Anderson physician.

Visiting Physicians and Short-Term Observers

We accept short-term observers and visiting physicians looking to build or grow a palliative care program in their community. Read more

Palliative Care Conference and Review Course

19th Annual Interdisciplinary Conference on Supportive Care, Hospice and Palliative Medicine Oct. 16-17, 2015

Updates in Palliative Care and Physician Board Review Course Oct. 13-15, 2015

MD Anderson Cancer Center
Houston, Texas

Conference and Course Information Information (pdf)

Agenda and Registration

Palliative Care Books

Palliative handbook cover

Now Available! The MD Anderson Supportive and Palliative Care Handbook - Fourth Edition. $25.00 per Handbook plus shipping. Quantity discounts available. To order, contact Deanna Cuello at


New! The Second Edition Textbook of Palliative Medicine and Supportive Care, co-edited by Eduardo Bruera, M.D., professor and chair of MD Anderson's Department of Palliative Care and Rehabilitation Medicine. 

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