What is supportive and palliative care?

  • Supportive and Palliative care specializes in the medical care for people living with serious illness.
  • Focuses on providing relief from the symptoms and stress of the illness.
  • The goal is to relieve suffering and improve quality of life for both the patient and the family.  
  • Supportive and Palliative care is based on the needs of the patient, not on the patient’s prognosis.  
  • It is appropriate at any age and at any stage in a serious illness.  

What does a supportive and palliative care doctor provide for the patient?

  • Supportive and palliative care providers provide patients with an extra layer of support specifically targeting cancer symptoms and relieving side effects of their treatment.  
  • These providers work closely and communicates with all of the patients doctors making sure that everyone is on the same page.

How to know if someone needs palliative care?

  • Complex, refractory malignant pain
  • Uncontrolled physical symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, constipation or loss of appetite
  • Anxiety
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Hospice transition


Jaclynn Elias, M.D. 

Dr. Elias specializes in supportive and palliative care.  Dr Elias’s fellowship was in Hospice and Palliative Medicine from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.  She served as palliative medicine consultant at Baptist Health and Practice Plus in Little Rock Arkansas.  

Dr. Elias now practices at CARTI Cancer Center in Little Rock where she works with patients and families in advance care planning and setting goals for the days ahead.  

To send a patient referral to Dr. Elias send an iKnowMed message to the ‘Elias Secretaries’ group or call (501) 906-3000

Clinic Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.