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The Supportive and Integrative Oncology Clinic

Call (404) 778-1900 to make an appointment with Supportive Oncology.

Supportive Oncology is a specialized area of medicine focused on improving the quality of life for patients and their families affected by cancer. The goal of supportive oncology is to reduce the physical and emotional burdens of illness through pain and symptom management, supportive counseling and the integration of complementary therapies, such as yoga, mind-body therapies.

Supportive Oncology is designed to:

  • Complement cancer treatment, including surgery, chemotherapy and radiation therapy.
  • Integrate medical supportive care, mind-body approaches as well as psychosocial support.
  • Accept referrals from all Winship members or affiliate physicians and care providers, as well as outside referrals.
  • Provide education to patients as well as colleagues.
  • Collaborate with research in related fields.

What can I expect from the supportive oncology team?

  • Pain and other symptom management: Board-certified physicians and nurse practitioners who treat symptoms including pain, fatigue, constipation, loss of appetite, shortness of breath, sleep problems, as well as mental or emotional symptoms such as depressions and anxiety.
  • Supportive counseling: Specialized physicians, psychiatrists, nurse practitioners, and social workers are available to provide support.
  • Integrative medicine: Nutrition, mind-body therapies, meditation, music therapy, acupuncture, yoga, massage and Tai Chi may be strategies for you or your family to cope with cancer treatment and symptoms. The supportive oncology team can help guide you to access these resources in the community or at Winship and Emory. We are also involved in research to evaluate the efficacy of these treatment modalities.
  • Advanced Care Planning: Advance care planning is the process of coming to understand, reflect on, discuss and plan for a time when you cannot make your own medical decisions. The process is crucial to assist those closest to you and your physician to provide you the best care when you cannot make your own decisions. Through this process you can create a plan. This plan is called an advance directive. Advanced directives is a process of shared decision making with you, your family, and your healthcare providers to improve understanding, reflection and discussion about your future health care decisions. It is a series of conversations to clarify your values and your beliefs about your future healthcare, so your wishes can be honored by your family and healthcare providers. Visit the NCI website about Managing Physical Effects for more information. Visit the Georgia Department of Human Services for information on the Georgia Advanced Directive for Healthcare.

When can supportive oncology help?

Patients can be referred to supportive oncology at any time. Supportive care is offered at any time in the cancer journey. The National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship and the American Cancer Society encourage physicians to refer patients for supportive services near the time of diagnosis and to incorporate these services throughout all stages of treatment, including curative treatment. The goal is to improve quality of life and improve treatment outcomes with better symptom management.

If you would like more information or to make an appointment, ask your oncologist for a referral.