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Supportive Care for Cancer Patients and Families

R. Sizemore

Winship Cancer Institute support programs and resources treat mind, body, and spirit in a holistic way. They are designed to help patients and families before, during, and after cancer treatment. 

Support Group Calendar (pdf)

Patient and Family Resource Center 404-778-5286
Support Groups 404-778-5933

Descriptions of some of our patient resources:

Financial Services  Winship's team of Oncology Resource Coordinators works with patients and families to help alleviate the financial anxiety that can sometimes occur with cancer treatment.

Flu: What Cancer Patients Should Know  Updates from the Center for Disease Control (CDC).

Lymphedema Clinic  Stephanie Kirkpatrick, MPT, CLT-LANA, is a certified lymphedema specialist. Located at Winship, within the Department of Radiation Oncology, the Lymphedema Clinic provides Complete Decongestive Therapy to treat and manage lymphedema, as well as education on risk reduction for this condition  that may result from cancer treatments.

Nutrition Services Tiffany Barrett, MS, RD, CSO, LD, is a licensed dietitian dedicated to creating and tailoring nutrition plans to meet a cancer patient's specific needs.

Palliative Care Stephanie Grossman, MD leads our  Palliative care program. Palliative care focuses on all the ways a serious illness like cancer can affect patients and families - both physically and emotionally.

Pain Management Michael Byas-Smith, MD, is director of the Emory Winship Cancer Pain Management Clinic, which provides patients interventional approaches to cancer-related pain management, such as analgesic pump implantations and cryoablation (freezing) therapy. The clinic's specialists work closely with each cancer patient as an integral part of the healthcare team.

Pastoral Services Pamela Randall, MDiv,  serves as Winship's chaplain. She provides one-on-one counseling and gives emotional and spiritual support to patients, families, and staff.

Patient Counseling Jim Hankins, MSW, LCSW, leads a team of professionally licensed social workers that facilitate support groups and provide individualized counseling and support to patients and families.

Peer Partners  The Peer Partner Program is one of our cancer survivorship programs. Cancer patients and their families can request a Peer Partner. These trained volunteers provide support and encouragement in a confidential setting through their personal cancer journey.

Psychiatric Services  Wendy Baer, MD and the Social Services Team provide diagnostic and treatment services for patients who may experience depression, anxiety or other changes in their mental health. Please obtain a referral through your oncologist, nurse practitioner or social worker.

Rehabilitation Services  Winship works with Emory Center for Rehabilitation Medicine to offer inpatient, outpatient, wound care and other rehabilitation services to our cancer patients.

Support Groups  Patients, families, friends, and caregivers can all find a place to find support at Winship's many monthly support groups.

Support Services FAQ  Answers to FAQ about the Support Services available at Winship Cancer Institute

Survivor Programs Live well beyond cancer. We can show you how.

Transportation The American Cancer Society Road to Recovery program provides transportation to and from treatment for people who have cancer and do not have a ride or are unable to drive themselves. Volunteer drivers donate their time and the use of their cars so that patients can receive the life-saving treatments they need. Call 1-800-ACS-2345 to find out if Road to Recovery is available in your community.