Supportive Oncology and Palliative Care

Support when you have cancer

At the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute, we want to help you and your family cope with cancer treatment. Our goal is to assist patients with cancer and their families to address the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual questions, caused by cancer and cancer treatment. You will never need to face these issues alone.

The Supportive Oncology and Palliative Medicine clinic staff are here to help you. Palliative medicine aims to make you more comfortable, even if you have cancer. Our goal is to help you feel as well as you can during treatment and have the best possible quality of life.

We can provide:

  • Expert treatment of symptoms such as pain, nausea, trouble sleeping, appetite loss, constipation and shortness of breath.
  • Help making difficult decisions or understanding your condition or prognosis
  • Emotional and spiritual support for you and your caregivers

How is our support different from hospice care?

  • You do not need to be terminally ill (dying) to see us
  • You do not need to stop life-prolonging treatments
  • We see you and your family in the hospital or clinic. Hospice care is mostly in your home.

Who benefits from supportive oncology and palliative care services?

Patients and families who:

  • Have physical discomfort that is not controlled
  • Are struggling with a new cancer diagnosis or cancer progression
  • Need assistance making medical decisions
  • Need assistance understanding a condition or prognosis.
  • Have complex home care needs
  • Have a long, complex hospital stay
  • Have many unplanned stays in the hospital

Katie Hennessy, L.C.S.W., OSW-C

Pamela K. Schmid, R.N

Erin Hochstein, B.S.N.