Psychological and Social Support
Patients often face issues after their acute care has ended. By offering programs that address the psychological and social aspects of long-term cancer survival, Joan Karnell Supportive Care Services aims to offer patient support well beyond initial diagnosis and treatment.
The Joan Karnell Supportive Care Services program at the Abramson Cancer Center at Pennsylvania Hospital provides support to cancer survivors and their families through a variety of services and programs, including:
- Social work counseling
- Nutrition counseling
- Music therapy
- Spiritual counseling
- Shiatsu massage
- Support groups
- Patient education programs
The Cancer Risk Evaluation Program provides counseling on the genetic risk of cancer and the Pain and Supportive Care program provides symptom management.
Cancer has a profound emotional effect on many patients and their loved ones during the course of illness, treatment, and recovery. These feelings can continue after treatment has ended and the disease has gone into remission. Dealing with these issues can cause significant distress, and it is important to have support at these times.
The Cancer Center provides free psychological services to help survivors and their families deal with emotional side of cancer. Our staff psychologists can help individuals learn how to transition from being who they were before their cancer diagnosis and incorporate and accept their illness as part of their daily lives.
For more information, call (215) 829-6466 or 800-789-PENN (7366) or visit the Joan Karnell Cancer Center web site.