Pain & Supportive Care Services
Comprehensive supportive care services require the expertise of an interdisciplinary team in order to adequately assess and treat the complex needs of cancer patients and their families. Our Pain & Supportive Care Program includes professionals from medicine, nursing, social work, psychology, psychiatry, nutrition, shiatsu therapy, music therapy, art therapy, chaplaincy and other professional disciplines. The team meets weekly to review cases, discuss options and implement the plan of care for each patient.
Pain & Symptom Management
The pain and symptom management consultation includes a thorough assessment done by one of our pain experts followed by treatment recommendations that are discussed with the patient’s primary oncologist.
Social Work Assessment
Our social workers provide emotional support for patients and families through one on one counseling or support groups. They provide assistance with transportation, information on medical insurance, pharmaceutical benefit programs, and legal issues, among others.
A nutritionist will help develop an individualized nutrition plan and provides information on all aspects of nutrition.
Psychological support to patients and families is provided through individual and family sessions, relaxation training, hypnosis, couples therapy and group psychotherapy.
We provide spiritual care to patients and families working with the patient’s faith community, if appropriate.
This therapy uses music experiences to address a range of issues related to illness and treatment
such as pain, nausea, depression and stress.
Shiatsu therapy is based on traditional Chinese medicine that focuses on treating the patient’s
bio-energetic system with finger and hand pressure to the body’s energy channels. Shiatsu enhances the ability of the body, mind and spirit to care for itself.
Art therapy provides emotional support to patients and families using art media, images and the creative art process.
Clinicians with expertise in trauma and grief work with survivors to help them process their loss and teach them strategies to alleviate their distress. A bereavement support group is also available to families.
Support Groups for Patients and Caregivers
Led by trained professionals, our support groups offer patients and families emotional support, education and a chance to meet others with similar issues. A cancer diagnosis and its treatment can be overwhelming. Usually patients and family members have many questions and concerns about the disease and the treatment.
The Pain & Supportive Care Program at the Joan Karnell Cancer Center helps patients and family members deal with the physical and emotional distress caused by the cancer diagnosis and treatment. The less distress patients have, the more energy they can direct