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Palliative Care Services


Comfort & Support at Every Stage of Serious Illness

Being diagnosed with a serious illness like cancer, Alzheimer's disease, AIDS or chronic kidney disease can affect every aspect of your — and your family's — life. Managing long-term medical care often adds extra stress at a time when you need to focus on getting well. In addition, you may have symptoms, such as pain or shortness of breath, that make it difficult for you to go about your daily activities.

Palliative Care Services at Tufts Medical Center provides support services to help patients and families maintain quality of life at every stage of a serious illness. Many people think our program offers only end-of-life care. In fact, palliative care is most successful when implemented early in your treatment program.

Our multidisciplinary team can offer:

  • Help managing pain and side effects such as fatigue
  • Counseling and other emotional-support services
  • Family/caregiver support
  • Assistance with difficult treatment decisions

Meet Our Team

Our multidisciplinary team includes doctors, nurses, social workers, physical therapists and discharge planners. We work with all of your health care providers to help you understand the "big picture" of your illness and how it impacts your life. We often see our patients in the clinic and with each hospital admission, providing continuity for you and your family.

Doctors + Care Team

Marybeth Singer, MS, ANP-BC, AOCN, ACHPN

Marybeth Singer, MS, ANP-BC, AOCN, ACHPN

Title(s): Oncology Nurse Practitioner and Patient Program Manager
Department(s): Medicine, Hematology/Oncology
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Palliative care, breast oncology

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Tamara Vesel, MD

Tamara Vesel, MD

Title(s): Chief, Palliative Care
Department(s): Medicine, Palliative Care
Appt. Phone: 617-636-2620
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Pain and non-pain symptom management, communication, interdisciplinary medical education, clinical hypnosis, end of life care, medical education and capacity building in low resource settings (Nepal, India, Bhutan)

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Call Us: 617-636-6227