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Supportive Oncology Team

The strain of being diagnosed and living with cancer can be overwhelming. Many patients and their families need help coping. The Supportive Oncology Program provides emotional and practical support for patients and their families during all stages: diagnosis, treatment and recovery. Our multidisciplinary team is dedicated to listening and responding to patient concerns, promoting well-being and treating each individual with respect and compassion. Our Supportive Oncology Program works directly with clinical researchers who conduct clinical trials aimed at improving the psychosocial health of adults with cancer.

Clinical Psychologists:

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

Timothy Pearman, PhD
Sofia Garcia, PhD
Linda Emanuel, MD, PhD
Nan Rothrock, PhD
Stacy Sanford, PhD

Social Workers:

Oncology social workers provide psychosocial services to patients, their families and caregivers. Social workers can provide emotional support; help the patient find resources close to home, and assist the patient and family with other practical needs and referrals as they navigate the healthcare system.

Robin Katz, LSW
(Blood Cancers)

Carolyn Kelly, LCSW
(Hematology/Oncology Associates)

Sandra Manley, MSW, LSW, Oncology Social Worker
(Solid Tumor)

Jessica Voigts, LCSW, OSW-C
(Brain Tumor)

Crystal Ward, LSW
(Women's Cancers)


Psychiatry Team:

The psychiatry team provides psychiatric evaluation and treatment to patients in need of additional services. They work closely with the clinical cancer care and supportive care teams to manage the unique concerns, medications and symptoms of cancer patients. Lurie Cancer Center patients can be referred by any member of their health care team.

Mehmet Dokucu, MD, PhD
Director of Cancer Psychiatry Services
Aimee St Pierre
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner

Coordinator of Supportive Oncology Education:

The Coordinator of Supportive Oncology Education provides personalized assistance to patients and families seeking information on diagnosis, treatment options, support groups, clinical trials, and offers appropriate referrals to other information sources. Computers are available for patient and family use. She is involved with outreach and oversight of our volunteer program.

Kimberly Fairman, MPH, MCHES

Nutrition Services:

Healthy eating is important for everyone, but people with cancer often have special concerns. Registered Dietitians provide up-to-date research-based nutrition advice throughout cancer treatment and into recovery.

Stephanie Gagliardo, RD, CDE, LDN
Jocelyn Lutkus, RD, CSO, LDN
Mary Reher, MS, RDN, LD

Fertility Preservation Program Navigator:

The Division of Fertility Preservation has a full time Fertility Preservation Patient Navigator that works with Lurie Cancer Center physicians and reproductive specialists to help patients explore the possible impact of their treatment on their fertility, understand available treatment options and provide referrals for appropriate fertility preservation interventions.

Read more about Fertility Preservation options for patients at Northwestern.

Kristin Smith
Patient Navigator
312.503.3378 or 866.708.FERT

Nurse navigators provide 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. Call 312.695.0990 to speak with the nurse navigator.

Lynn Galuska Elsen, RN, BSN

Gilda's Club Chicago: On-Site Programs

Patients and families at the Lurie Cancer Center have on-site access to a wide range of programs offered by Gilda's Club Chicago. Designed to be fun, informative and reduce stress, all activities are offered free of charge.

For program times and locations, click here

Gosha Thornton, AM, LSW

American Cancer Society Healing Boutique

The Healing Boutique, sponsored by the American Cancer Society, is located in Prentice Women's Hospital and offers classes, wigs and makeup for women who are undergoing treatment for cancer. Services are offered by appointment only. For an appointment, please call 312.472.5302.

Jane Marienau

Health Learning Center:

Detailed information and personal research assistance is available by calling the Health Learning Center at 312.926.7377. You can also visit us Monday through Friday on the 21st floor of Galter Pavilion.

Financial Counseling:

Financial counselors are available to help with navigating a variety of free and discounted care programs. To speak with a financial counselor, call 312.695.0990.

Kristy Patruno
Financial Counselor

More information

For more information, please see Northwestern Medicine's Health Library: Cancer Treatment Team