The Supportive Oncology team provides specialized medical care for people with serious illness. The care is focused on relieving the pain, symptoms, and stress of serious illness. The goals are to prevent and ease suffering to provide the best possible quality of life for patients, and to support you and your family throughout your treatment and recovery1,2
Expert Symptom Management – Patients receiving treatment for cancer can experience a variety of symptoms. Some are related to the disease, while others are side effects of treatment. Our team is available to help make you as comfortable as possible and prevent symptoms from interfering with your ability to function or complete your oncologic care. We provide expert management of:
- Shortness of breath
- Nausea and vomiting
- Diarrhea or constipation
- Loss of appetite
- Mouth sores
- Other symptoms that may arise during your illness
Coordination of Care – Our interdisciplinary team of physicians, nurse practitioners, social workers and chaplains can assist with care coordination so that your care is seamless throughout Mount Sinai.
Emotional and Spiritual Support – We will provide you and your family with emotional and spiritual support you may need throughout your treatment, at any stage, whether you are in the outpatient clinic or experiencing the stress of hospitalization.
Patient and Family Support – We understand the burden that illness and caregiving can create and the complicated family dynamics that may arise during the course of treatment. Our team can provide emotional and spiritual support to you and your family. We will work together to prioritize your needs and concerns and help you understand the health care choices available to you.
Integration with Social Work Services
The Supportive Oncology team works closely with the oncology social workers. The difference is that the Supportive Oncology team is comprised of individuals who have received specialized training in palliative care. Palliative care is provided by a team of doctors, nurses, and other specialists who work with a patient’s other doctors to provide an extra layer of support. Palliative care is appropriate at any age and at any stage in a serious illness, and can be provided together with curative treatment. For more information on palliative care, see the Center to Advance Palliative Care and www.getpalliativecare.org.
Bethann Scarborough, MD
Assistant Professor, Brookdale Department of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine
Emily Chai, MD
Associate Professor, Brookdale Department of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine
Associate Director, Lilian and Benjamin Hertzberg Palliative Care Institute
Rabbi Edith M. Meyerson, DMin, BCC
Palliative Care Chaplain
The Lilian and Benjamin Hertzberg Palliative Care Institute
Brookdale Department of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine