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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.

Sofia Garcia, PhD
Sofia Garcia, PhD
Cancer Survivorship Institute Translational Research Program Director
312.695.0990
Nan Rothrock, PhD
Nan Rothrock, PhD
Research Assistant Professor
312.695.0990
Timothy Pearman, PhD
Timothy Pearman, PhD
Cancer Survivorship Institute Supportive Oncology Program Director
312.695.0990
Linda Emanuel, MD, PhD
Linda Emanuel, MD, PhD
Professor
312.695.0990
Stacy Sanford, PhD
Stacy Sanford, PhD
Director of Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology
312.695.0990



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.

Jessica Voigts, LCSW, OSW-C
Jessica Voigts, LCSW, OSW-C
Social Worker, Brain Tumor
312.926.5351
Robin Katz, LSW
Robin Katz, LSW
Social Worker, Blood Cancers
312.695.8186
Sandra Manley, MSW, LSW
Sandra Manley, MSW, LSW
Social Worker, Solid Tumor
312.695.0766
Crystal Ward, LSW
Crystal Ward, LSW
Social Worker, Women's Cancers
312.695.0990
Carolyn Kelly, LCSW
Carolyn Kelly, LCSW
Social Worker, Hematology/Oncology Associates
312.981.5525



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
Mehmet Dokucu, MD
Assistant Professor
312 503 3196



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
Kimberly Fairman, MPH, MCHES
Coordinator of Supportive Oncology Education
312.926.7377



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.

Caitlyn Busche, MS, RDN, LDN
Caitlyn Busche, MS, RDN, LDN
Nutritionist
312.472.5823
Jocelyn Lutkus, RD, CSO, LDN
Jocelyn Lutkus, RD, CSO, LDN
Nutritionist
312.695.0990
Stephanie Gagliardo, RD, CDE, LDN
Stephanie Gagliardo, RD, CDE, LDN
Nutritionist
312.695.0990
Mary Reher, MS, RDN, LD
Mary Reher, MS, RDN, LD
Nutritionist
312.695.0990



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,
Kristin Smith,
Fertility Preservation Patient Navigator
312.503.3378




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, BDN
Lynn Galuska Elsen, RN, BDN
Nurse Navigator, Breast Cancer
312.472.5821



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 Thornon, AM, LSW
Gosha Thornton, AM, LSW
Gilda's Club Chicago Hospital Program Coordinator
312.464.9900



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 1.800.227.2345.




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 312.926.6906.




More information

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