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Welcome to palliative care

What is palliative care?

Palliative care is a field of healthcare that is committed to promoting the best possible quality of life for patients. It involves excellent pain and symptom management, as well as skills in assessing the psychosocial, emotional and spiritual needs of patients and their loved ones.

Physicians, nurses, social workers, pharmacists and rehabilitation professionals can each have special expertise within the field. While palliative care health care professionals can be helpful for patients living with any disease, the majority of our time is spent serving people living with cancer because of the unique challenges that many cancer patients face.

Palliative care consult team

Our palliative care consult team is a group of dedicated health care professionals working together to provide pain and symptom management regardless of stage of disease. We aim to improve the quality of living and dying for patients and their families coping with challenging, advanced or life threatening illness.

Our services include both inpatient consultations and ambulatory care clinic visits. In inpatients units, the palliative care consult team uses unique skill set to address the needs of patients who have been referred by their primary care team. In the outpatient setting, daily specialized clinics are offered to patients who are referred from their primary oncologist at the Odette Cancer Centre.

How we can help

  • Managing pain and other physical and/or emotional symptoms
  • Facilitating community supports
  • Facilitating decision-making
  • Navigating advanced care planning

Cancer Care Ontario has identified palliative care as an essential component of high quality cancer care.

Location and contact

Palliative care consult team

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
2075 Bayview Avenue,
Toronto, ON M4N 3M5

Phone: 416-480-6100 ext. 7255


Monday - Friday: 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

If you have any questions regarding palliative care referrals and resources, please do not hesitate to contact us.

For urgent matters outside of business hours, please call locating at 416-480-4244 and ask the operator to page the "on-call palliative care physician/consultant".

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