Joan Karnell Supportive Care Program

Joan Karnell Counseling

A cancer diagnosis and its treatment can be overwhelming. Patients and family members typically have many questions and concerns about the disease and treatment.

The Joan Karnell Supportive Care Program at Pennsylvania Hospital helps you and your family cope with the physical and emotional distress caused by a cancer diagnosis and treatment. 

We believe that supportive care is the essence of compassionate cancer care. Support comes in a variety of shapes and sizes to match your needs and concerns as you work to combat cancer. The less distress you have, the more energy you can direct toward recovery.

An Interdisciplinary Team to Support Your Needs

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 team includes professionals from medicine, nursing, social work, psychology, nutrition, shiatsu therapy, art therapy, pastoral care and other professional disciplines. 

We have many supportive care services and programs, which are available to all patients from the point of diagnosis. These include: