Supportive Oncology at Perlmutter Cancer Center

What is Supportive Oncology?

Supportive Oncology is a specialized area of medicine focused on improving the quality of life for patients and their families affected by cancer from diagnosis to survivorship. The goal of supportive oncology is to reduce the physical and emotional burdens of illness through pain and symptom management, supportive counseling and the integration of complementary therapies, such as yoga, mind-body therapies.

Supporting patients and families through all phases of cancer care

Cancer can have significant short-term and long-term effects for you and your family. With the early introduction of a supportive oncology team approach to patients with cancer, we aim to enhance your sense of well-being; improve quality of life; and address physical and emotional distress issues related to the primary diagnosis, side-effects of therapies or unrelated clinical conditions. This program is targeted towards patients who have been recently diagnosed or have been living with cancer for some time. Tanveer Mir, MD will be leading the program and offering access to a multidisciplinary team of experts.

A collaborative care team integrated with the care you are already receiving

In conjunction with the primary team of cancer center doctors and nurses, we will schedule one or more extended appointments where patients will meet as needed with a variety of professionals including:

  • doctors
  • integrative health professionals
  • nurses
  • nurse practitioners
  • nutritionists
  • palliative care physicians
  • physical rehabilitation specialists
  • physiatrists
  • psychiatrists
  • psychologists
  • social workers
  • and others

As part of a simultaneous care model, supportive oncology teams are very well trained to address physical and emotional problems in patients and their families.

Quality of life as you define it

Understanding that everyone experiences cancer and cancer treatment differently, we will tailor an approach based on your individual needs and tailored to what’s important to you. Supportive oncology teams work together with your clinical team and therefore can help both patient and family go through treatments feeling better. Examples include: promoting nutritional balance and/or achieving a sense of emotional, spiritual and physical well-being. These interventions are provided by a skilled multidisciplinary team; the supportive oncology team works jointly in formulating a plan to maximize the quality of life of patients at the Perlmutter Cancer Center. These services are designed to help you:

  • increase your level of activity
  • seek spiritual and religious support
  • improve family communication
  • plan future care needs

Services available at any stage of disease

Regardless of disease stage, we will help patients identify the appropriate services including:

  • pain/symptom assessment and management
  • nutrition services
  • emotional counseling
  • education
  • advance directives
  • goals of care
  • integrative, wellness and mind/body services

We are accepting referrals from patients at the Perlmutter Cancer Center who are currently diagnosed with cancer.