Managing Your Symptoms

We have many specialists who can help you manage your symptoms and reduce the burden of side effects.

Whatever stage you are at in treatment, recovery or survivorship, our support care teams will design an integrated program with the primary goal of improving your quality of life. These teams draw from wide-ranging resources in supportive oncology, integrative oncology, pain management, lymphedema care, palliative care and rehabilitation services.

Supportive Oncology

Supportive oncology helps you manage your symptoms and also provides support for the emotional and spiritual aspects of dealing with your diagnosis. Winship has several supportive oncology services that meet needs our cancer patients.

Our Supportive Oncology Outpatient Clinic delivers state of the art services that cover the full spectrum of cancer care from diagnosis to survivorship. Our team strives to reduce the physical and emotional suffering through comprehensive pain and symptom management and supportive counseling.

Benefits of supportive and palliative oncology:

  • Manage pain.
  • Manage symptoms such as nausea, difficulty breathing, loss of appetite, fatigue, and depression.
  • Provide counseling in making difficult medical decisions.
  • Provide emotional and spiritual support.
  • Coordinate home care referrals.
  • Help navigate the complex health care system.
  • Assist with advanced care planning regarding future care and treatment.
  • Provide resources, counseling, and referrals for evidence based integrative oncology community resources.

Our supportive oncology team is constantly evaluating new therapies to find the most effective ways to reduce the burden of cancer on your quality of life.

Ask your oncologist for a referral or for more information on the program, please call (404) 778-1900.

Integrative Oncology

Integrative oncology combines the use of nutrition, supplements, meditation, music therapy, yoga, acupuncture, massage, and Tai Chi as strategies to help both you and your family members. Either our support oncology team or our social services team can help you access these and other resources. 

Ask your supportive oncologist or social worker for a referral or for more information on the program, please call (404) 778-6448.

Pain Management Care

Depending on your cancer diagnosis, you may experience pain related to your cancer or your treatment. This pain may be mild, moderate or severe. It may be located in an organ, or an entire organ system. As a result, your pain management plan is unique.

The Emory Pain Management Center is prepared to work in collaboration with you and your medical oncologist to provide you with an individualized plan to meet your needs and to lessen your pain. We are now offering a clinic located on the 2nd floor of the Winship Cancer Institute. The center provides interventional cancer pain management which may include nerve blocks and neuromodulation therapy.

To request an appointment or a consultation, please ask your nurse or doctor for a referral or contact The Emory Pain Management Center by calling (404) 686-2410.

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Palliative Care

Palliative care is comprehensive treatment of the discomfort, symptoms and stress of serious illness, but it does not replace your primary care treatment. Palliative care focuses on all the ways a serious illness like cancer can affect patients and families.

Often confused with hospice care, palliative care is appropriate for any stage of a serious illness, whereas hospice care is meant specifically for those approaching the last stages of life or for those who prefer to discontinue treatment.

The Emory Palliative Care Center is a comprehensive program providing multidimensional collaboration through the unique services and expertise provided across Emory, its affiliates and community partners. The Palliative Care team coordinates closely with your health care team to prevent and ease suffering, and improve your quality of life. Discussing palliative care at the beginning of cancer treatment provides the maximum benefit.

You and your family may have many questions and concerns regarding treatment choices, side effects, emotional issues and more. We are here to help you through the entire process. For more information about palliative care at Emory, please ask your nurse or doctor for a referral or call (404) 778-7777. 

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Lymphedema Care

At Winship, our Lymphedema Clinic will assist you with treatment and management of lymphedema as well as provide education to reduce your risk of developing it.

Lymphedema is an abnormal accumulation of fluid within the body which causes swelling. Damage to the lymphatic system causes this swelling and is sometimes an unfortunate side effect of cancer treatments such as surgery or radiation therapy.

At Winship, a certified lymphedema therapist and at Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital, lymphedema and oncology rehabilitation therapists are available to help you if you suffer from this condition.

Prior to your first appointment, please complete the Patient Intake form (PDF) and bring it with you

For more information, please contact Stephanie Kirkpatrick, Pt, DPT, CLT-LANA at (404) 778-4529 or email at shood4@emory.edu.

Emory Physical Therapy and Wellness located in Emory Clinic, Bldg. B (1365 Clifton Road, NE, Atlanta, GA 30322) have on staff a physical therapist trained in oncology rehabiliation, as well as a physical therapist specializing in neurological rehabilitation to assist with other physical side effects of cancer treatment such as limited range of motion, tightness, decreased endurance, balance problems, neuropathy and more.

To make an appointment with Emory Physical Therapy and Wellness, please contact (404) 778-5770.

Rehabilitation Program at Emory

Rehabilitation is an important part of helping you regain and maintain the best physical, social, psychological, and work-related functioning during and after cancer treatment. Emory's Center for Rehabilitation Medicine provides inpatient programs and outpatient programs. Inpatient programs are designed to meet the acute needs of those who are hospitalized and need help to return home. The outpatient program consists of an intensive tract for patients needing rehabilitation in two or more skills and a traditional tract for patients who require a single therapy.

Emory Healthcare provides extensive rehabilitation care at several locations. A physician-directed rehabilitation team, including occupational therapists, physical therapists and others, will work with you to develop a personalized plan to achieve specific goals.

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Wendy Baer, MD

Wendy Baer, MD

Medical Director of Psychiatric Oncology
Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University

Dr. Baer helps patients and their families deal with the stress of receiving a cancer diagnosis and subsequent treatment.

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Kimberly A. Curseen, MD

Kimberly A. Curseen, MD

Director of Supportive and Palliative Care Outpatient Services
Emory Healthcare

Board certified in Internal Medicine, Geriatrics, and Palliative Care, Dr. Curseen is the primary provider for the Supportive Oncology Clinic at Winship.

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Debbie A. Gunter, RN, CMSN, MN, FNP-BC, ACHPN

Debbie A. Gunter, RN, CMSN, MN, FNP-BC, ACHPN

Palliative Care Nurse Practitioner
Emory Healthcare

With over thirty years of nursing experience in many different areas of practice, Ms. Gunter is part of the team responsible for providing palliative care expertise to hospitalized patients.

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Stephanie Kirkpatrick, PT, DPT, CLT-LANA

Stephanie Kirkpatrick, PT, DPT, CLT-LANA

Physical Therapist and Certified Lymphedema Therapist
Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University

Dr. Kirkpatrick specializes in the diagnosis, treatment, and management of lymphedema.

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Tammie E. Quest, MD

Tammie E. Quest, MD

Director of the Emory Palliative Care Center
Robert W. Woodruff Health Sciences Center of Emory University

A nationally recognized expert in palliative care in the emergency setting, Dr. Quest is the Director of the Emory Palliative Care Center for Emory's Woodruff Health Sciences Center.

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Vinita Singh, MD

Vinita Singh, MD

Assistant Professor, Department of Anesthesiology
Emory University School of Medicine

Dr. Singh collaborates with oncologists to provide state-of-the-art therapies to cancer patients suffering from pain symptoms.

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