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Our Supportive Oncology Team

Our multidisciplinary team is dedicated to listening and responding to patient concerns, promoting well-being and treating each individual with respect and compassion. We work directly with clinical researchers who conduct clinical trials aimed at improving the psychosocial health of adults with cancer. Get to know our team members and what they do below.

 Social Workers

Provides emotional support, helps patients find resources close to home and assists patients and family members with other practical needs and referrals as they navigate the healthcare system.

Rebecca Ballen
Rebecca Ballen, LCSW
Social Worker, Women's Cancers
312-472-5820

Christopher Balmaceda
Christopher Balmaceda
Social Worker, Brain Tumor
312-926-5351

Robin Katz
Robin Katz, LSW
Social Worker, Blood Cancers
312-695-8186

Carolyn Kelly

Carolyn Kelly, LCSW
Social Worker, Hematology/Oncology Associates
312-981-5525

Sandra Manley
Sandra Manley, MSW, LSW
Social Worker, Solid Tumor
312-695-0766

 Nutrition Services

Our registered dietitians can assist you in planning a healthy diet during and after your cancer treatment, based on up-to-date nutrition research.

Caitlyn Busche
Caitlyn Busche, MS, RDN, LDN
Dietitian
312-472-5823

Jocelyn Lutkus
Jocelyn Lutkus, RD, CSO, LDN
Dietitian
312-695-0990

Stephanie Gagliardo
Stephanie Gagliardo, RD, CDE, LDN
Dietitian
312-695-0990

Mary Reher
Mary Reher, MS, RDN, LD
Dietitian
312-695-0990

 Psychologists

Works with patients and family members to manage the stress, sadness, anger and fatigue that can often accompany cancer.

Sofia Garcia
Sofia Garcia, PhD
Cancer Survivorship Institute Translational Research Program Director
312-695-0990

Nan Rothrock
Nan Rothrock, PhD
Research Assistant Professor
312-695-0990

Timothy Pearman
Timothy Pearman, PhD
Cancer Survivorship Institute Supportive Oncology Program Director
312-695-0990

Linda Emanuel
Linda Emanuel, MD, PhD
Professor
312-695-0990

Stacy Sanford
Stacy Sanford, PhD
Director of Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology
312-695-0990

 Psychiatry Services

Provides psychiatric evaluation and treatment to patients in need of additional services. 

Mehmet Dokucu
Mehmet Dokucu, MD, PhD
Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
312-503-3196

 Fertility Preservation Coordinator

Works with physicians and reproductive specialists to help patients explore the possible impact of cancer treatment on their fertility, understand available treatment options and provide referrals for appropriate fertility preservation interventions.

Kristin Smith
Kristin Smith
Fertility Preservation Patient Navigator
312-503-3378

 Breast Cancer Nurse Navigator
Our breast cancer nurse navigator provides patients and their families with information about their diagnosis, treatment and available support services. Navigators serve as educators, advocates and guides before, during and after treatment as well as throughout survivorship. 

Lynn Galuska Elsen
Lynn Galuska Elsen, RN, BDN
Breast Cancer Nurse Navigator
312-472-5821
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