The Supportive Medicine interdisciplinary team helps patients with serious illness face complex challenges related to physical, spiritual and emotional stress. Not only are our patients faced with difficult physical, emotional and spiritual symptoms, but their loved ones often suffer along with them. The interdisciplinary team — composed of specialist physicians, nurses, social workers and chaplains — help manage discomfort from all these sources and provide support to the patient and their loved ones as a whole. The team can also refer to other specialized support services found in the Child Life Program, the Sheri & Les Biller Patient and Family Resource Center and the Positive Image Center.
Just as importantly, it assists with navigating common health care decisions, such as advance health care planning and documenting important values and goals for cancer care through all its stages. The team also ensures that these documented discussions are communicated to the whole hospital system, to ensure that all treatments offered match the patients’ central goals and values.
If you or your loved one would like support in any or all of these areas, please talk to your City of Hope physician for a referral.