True supportive care treats patients as individuals, not a concept

February 25, 2015 | by Elizabeth Stewart

Cancer patients should get more than medical treatment. They should get comprehensive, evidence-based care that addresses their full range of needs. That kind of patient-focused care is City of Hope's specialty.

Supportive care City of Hope was a pioneer in supportive care. Now it's taking that care to new levels.

Under the guidance of Dawn Gross, M.D., Ph.D., the new Arthur M. Coppola Family Chair in Supportive Care Medicine and chair of the Department of Supportive Care Medicine, City of Hope is taking such care to new levels, starting with an interdisciplinary team model that focuses on patients as the complex individuals they are.

Following this approach, a team of practitioners that includes social workers, chaplains, psychologists, palliative care physicians, psychiatrists and nurse specialists gather at the start of the day to discuss the most complicated patient and family situations. From this discussion, they agree on next steps and the most appropriate practitioner to carry out these steps, based on information such as the patient’s needs and relationships to practitioners on the supportive care team.

Even better, this kind of collaboration has helped City of Hope practitioners gain insight into how their colleagues function in their roles, so that when patient issues arise, every team member knows whom to contact for support.

Your support brings hope

At City of Hope, the support of donors bolsters this type of supportive, patient-focused care for which the institution is known, helping provide relief from all dimensions of suffering – spiritual, physical and emotional – and transform illness from a burden to a stepping-stone.

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Read the full report to learn more about donors' impact on supportive care medicine at City of Hope.

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Learn more about becoming a patient or getting a second opinion at City of Hope by visiting our website or by calling 800-826-HOPE (4673). You may also request a new patient appointment online. City of Hope staff will explain what's required for a consult at City of Hope and help you determine, before you come in, whether or not your insurance will pay for the appointment.

 

 

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