Supportive Oncology and Palliative Care Program

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 Supportive Oncology and Palliative Care Program's primary goal 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. Our team includes pain and palliative care-certified doctors, nurse practitioners, social workers, and specially trained nurses.

Supportive Oncology and Palliative Care Team

Palliative care is a fundamental component of cancer care

Sheila Amrhein, LCSW
Mollie Clark, MSN, RN, OCN – PPCP Nurse
Matthew Farren, BSN, RN – PPCP Nurse Coordinator
Jacqueline Kelly, BSN, RN, OCN – PPCP Nurse
Leigh Kinczewski, MSN, AGNP-BC
Lauren Lucas, BSN, RN, OCN- PPCP Nurse
Kathleen Murphy, MSN, AOCNP, ACHPN
Kate Schuster, BSN, RN – PPCP Nurse
Marie Welsh, CRNP
Denise Dieter, Administrative Specialist

What are the supportive oncology and palliative care services offered?

The supportive oncology 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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