Pain & Palliative Care


What is Palliative Care?  

Palliative Care is patient- and family centered care for persons with cancer and other serious illnesses, focused on providing patients with relief from pain and other distressing symptoms while being mindful of patient and family needs, values, beliefs, and cultures. 

The Pain and Palliative Care Program's primary goal is to support the best possible quality of life for patients and their families.

Director, Pain and Palliative Care

Palliative care is a fundamental component of cancer care

Palliative care is a fundamental component of cancer care and it can be integrated with cancer-directed care throughout the continuum of a person’s disease.

Palliative care is appropriate at any age and at any stage of cancer. Our team includes pain and palliative care-certified doctors, nurse practitioners, social workers, and specially trained nurses.

Pain and Palliative Team

Sheila Amrhein, LCSW
William Duffy, BSN, RN
Leigh Kinczewski, MSN, AGNP-BC
Kathleen Murphy, MSN, AOCNP, ACHPN
Jill Ranochak, BSN, RN
Matthew Wolf, BSN, RN, CHPN
Marie Welsh, CRNP
Christine O’Donnell, Administrative

What are the palliative care services offered?

The palliative care team can help with:

  • The management of cancer related pain. For many patients, pain management is the most significant aspect of palliative care. Our FCCC program ensures that patients who have pain are identified as soon as possible and treated appropriately and effectively. Our Program clinicians can see you during your hospital stay and/or in the outpatient clinic. 
  • The management of other burdensome symptoms such as fatigue, shortness of breath, depression and anxiety. 
  • Making difficult decisions, such as those related to course of treatment or end-of-life issues
  • Providing psychosocial support to you and your family and caregivers 
  • Spiritual guidance and support through Pastoral Care. Learn more
  • Coordination of care

How can I request a palliative care consultation? 

For most patients, the attending physician coordinates palliative care; however the patient or a family member may request a palliative care consultation by speaking with the physician, who will request the Pain and Palliative Care Program for assistance as needed. Palliative care may be given during your inpatient hospital stay or on an outpatient basis. 

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