Palliative & Supportive Care Program

Palliative care is an extra layer of support for patients and families at any stage of a cancer diagnosis.

This is a comprehensive outpatient program at the Abramson Cancer Center at Pennsylvania Hospital, centered around the needs of all cancer patients and their families. This program is designed with a team approach, focusing on optimizing your function and everyday life after a cancer diagnosis.

Your team may include palliative care nurse practitioners, oncology social workers, oncology nutritionists, physical therapists, speech-language pathologists, psychologists and chaplains.

“What is palliative care?”

Palliative care is a specialized medical care that provides an extra layer of support to patients with a serious illness such as cancer. Patients at any stage of a cancer diagnosis may benefit from palliative care, including those who are newly diagnosed, actively undergoing treatment, or have recently completed treatment. We partner with your oncology team to improve symptoms, quality of life and communication. Palliative care is a holistic approach to cancer treatment with an emphasis on quality of life.

“What services does palliative care provide?”

  • Symptom management for pain, nausea, lack of appetite, fatigue, shortness of breath and other symptoms
  • Emotional and social support
  • Assistance with understanding complicated treatment decisions
  • Social work assessment
  • Spiritual care
  • Referral to other supportive care services including nutrition counseling, psychological counseling, spiritual counseling, support groups and shiatsu massage
  • Assistance and support with advance care planning

“Who can benefit from palliative care?”

  • Patients experiencing pain or other symptoms related to cancer or treatment
  • Patients and families who need assistance with understanding complicated treatment decisions
  • Patients and families who need additional emotional and social support
  • Patients living with advanced cancer and their caregivers

Palliative Care Providers

Samantha Pluy, CRNP, MSN

Palliative Care & Geriatric Oncology

Contact

Phone: 215.829.3918

Email: Samantha.Pluy@uphs.upenn.edu

Lauren Bailey, CRNP, MSN

Nurse Practitioner

Contact

Phone: 215-829-5565

Email: lauren.bailey@pennmedicine.upenn.edu