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Supportive and Palliative Care

The goal of Supportive and Palliative Care, led by Dr. Andre Bonnecaze, is to help patients attain the highest quality of life and focuses on pain relief, other symptoms, and stresses of cancer or other serious illness. It also supports the emotional, physical, and spiritual needs of patients and their families with life-limiting or life-altering illnesses. Our program includes: outpatient palliative care, inpatient palliative care and hospice services.

Key Aspects of Supportive and Palliative Care

Pain Management (both disease-related, and treatment-related)

Symptom Management

  • Shortness of breath
  • Nausea and/or vomiting
  • Diarrhea or constipation
  • Anxiety and/or depression
  • Agitation and/or confusion
  • Fatigue
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Anorexia or loss of appetite
  • Malnutrition or loss of weight

Individualized Support

  • Emotional support
  • Advocacy
  • Care coordination
  • Community resources

Advance Care Planning and Decision-Making Assistance

  • Creating an advance directive such as a health care proxy, living will, LaPOST forms and working through important medical decisions
  • Clarify treatment goals

For more information, please call (225) 215-0220 or email palliativecare@marybird.com.

 
Andre A Bonnecaze

Andre’ A. Bonnecaze, M.D.

Dr. Andre’ Bonnecaze is a hospice and palliative care physician in Baton Rouge. He earned his medical degree from Louisiana State University Health and Science Center in New Orleans. He performed both his internship and residency at Earl K. Long Hospital in Baton Rouge, where he served as chief resident. Dr. Bonnecaze is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine.