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.
Our services include:
Work with patients and family members to manage the stress, sadness, anger and fatigue that can often accompany cancer.
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.
American Cancer Society Patient Navigator:
The American Cancer Society provides a social worker who can connect you with information, emotional support and resources for day-to-day help. They also offer appointments in the Lurie Cancer Center's Healing Boutique for patients who wish to obtain a free wig. To schedule a wig fitting or sign up for a Look Good... Feel Better session, call 312.472.5302. To get connected to a patient navigator, find discount lodging, and connect to other resources call 1800.227.2345
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.
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 and clinical trials, and offers appropriate referrals to other information sources. She is also involved with outreach and oversight of our volunteer program. Computers are available for patient and family use.
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.
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.
Working with Lurie Cancer Center physicians and reproductive specialists, the Fertility Preservation Program Navigator helps patients explore their treatment's potential impact on fertility, understand available treatment options, and provides referrals. Read more about Fertility Preservation options for patients at Northwestern.
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.
Gilda's Club Chicago Hospital Program Coordinator:
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
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 counselors are available to help with billing concerns and reimbursement issues, as well as enrollment in financial assistance and free medication programs. To talk to a financial counselor, call 312.695.0990
For more information, please see Northwestern Medicine's Health Library: Cancer Treatment Team