Gary Shelton on Explaining Palliative Care

Gary Shelton discusses the approach of the supportive oncology services approach to palliative care.

Gary Shelton, PhD, coordinator of supportive oncology services at NYU Perlmutter Cancer Center, discusses how nurses can introduce and explain palliative care to patients with cancer.

Shelton highlights the multidisciplinary aspect of supportive oncology services. This department has a different focus than the medical team might, but their goal is the same. All parts of the care team are looking to take care of the patient. Palliative care should be looked at as adjunctive, adding to the care that the medical team is providing.