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Pain & Palliative Care

Director, Pain and Palliative Care

Pain and Palliative Team

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

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 the patient and family needs, values, beliefs and cultures. 

The primary goal for a palliative care team is to support the best possible quality of life for patients and their families. 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.

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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