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.
Assist patients and their families in coping with the practical and financial impact of cancer, and can provide referrals.
American Cancer Society Patient Navigator:
A partnership between Northwestern Memorial Hospital's Health Learning Center and the American Cancer Society, this service provides cancer patients and their families with counseling as well as information and support. The Patient Navigator can also assist with transportation and lodging during all phases of your diagnosis and treatment.
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.
Health Learning Center Satellite Coordinator / Medical Librarian:
The Health Learning Center Satellite Coordinator 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. 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.
Touchstone Patient Navigator (Breast):
Providing patients and families with information about breast health, treatment and supportive services, the Touchstone Navigator serves as an educator, advocate and guide before, during and after treatment into survivorship.
Gilda's Club Chicago Adult Program Manager:
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
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