Supportive Oncology team, including Christopher Daugherty, MD

At the University of Chicago Medicine, we deliver compassionate care for our cancer patients. Supportive oncology provides the following outpatient services to support you and your family during cancer treatment:

Palliative care is specialized medical care that focuses on providing relief from pain and other symptoms and stressors of serious illness. Throughout your treatment, a team of doctors, nurses and other providers delivers this care to improve quality of life for both you and your family. We work closely with the oncology team to provide an extra layer of support and assist with care coordination with other supportive services. Comprehensive palliative care consultation includes assessment and management of patients' needs, including:

  • Advance care planning 
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Constipation and diarrhea
  • Fatigue
  • Loss of appetite
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Physical pain
  • Problems with sleep 
  • Shortness of breath
  • Screening and referral for emotional, psychological, spiritual care and financial counseling

Early nutrition intervention, including diet education and nutrition counseling and assessment, plays an important role in cancer treatment. We encourage you to make an appointment if you have any diet questions or are experiencing any of these symptoms:

  • Difficulty chewing/swallowing
  • Decreased appetite/oral intake
  • Dry mouth
  • Persistent diarrhea, nausea or vomiting
  • Problems with feeding tubes
  • Weight loss

Physical/occupational therapy services can help you minimize secondary symptoms and maintain your functional independence and quality of life. Our medical providers can address many symptoms and issues, including:

Impairments

  • Fatigue
  • Neuropathy
  • Pain
  • Range of motion

  • Scar management

  • Swelling/lymphedema

  • Weakness 

Functional Limitations

  • Decreased endurance
  • Diminished quality of life

  • Difficulty walking
  • Inability to dress, feed or care for one’s self 
  • Loss of independence
  • Risk of falling

Our licensed clinical social workers offer support to help you and your family adjust to diagnosis and treatment, define and maintain your quality of life, and cope with life changes. We work in close collaboration with psychology/psychiatry services. Our team also offers assistance in completing advance directives such as the Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care.

Our social workers also can provide information and referral for resources related to:

  • Cancer support groups and community-based resources
  • Financial assistance programs
  • Help at home
  • Home palliative care or hospice care 
  • Information about disability or public benefits 
  • Mental health assessment and treatment
  • Referrals to cancer center insurance specialists
  • Short-term lodging for out-of-town patients
  • Transportation

Psychological and psychiatric services are available during cancer treatment and across the continuum of care (inpatient and outpatient). These services are provided by a multidisciplinary team involving psychiatrists, psychologists and social workers, and includes:

  • Screening for psychological distress for all new patients
  • Identifying appropriate psychological services based on these screens
  • Integrating psychiatric services to address diagnostic and medical management of symptoms
  • Managing mood and behavioral symptoms while working with patients to help them cope with cancer

We offer an individualized, comprehensive approach to help you overcome nicotine addiction. Our multidisciplinary team is comprised of physicians, nurses and a tobacco treatment specialist. Social workers are also available to help patients access helpful resources as needed.

This outpatient suite provides a private, inviting and comforting space for patients and their loved ones to receive supportive services in one convenient location on the 6th floor of the UChicago Medicine Duchossois Center for Advanced Medicine (DCAM) - Hyde Park

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Helpful Resources

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