Supportive Care for Healing

A team of physicians, nurses, social workers, lay navigators, nutritionists and therapists provide an array of consultations and ongoing treatments to promote healing through the cancer journey.

Psychosocial Oncology

Consultation and multidisciplinary psychosocial care for patients, families and other support providers

  • Oncology social work – counseling, education and accessing resources

  • Psychotherapy support

  • Psychiatry consultation and treatment, integrated within the cancer treatment team

  • Collaborative team approach to treatment of depression

  • Living with Cancer support group for all patients and others touched by cancer

  • Support groups for Men, Metastatic diseases, LGBTQ and Couples

  • Specific Disease Support group—Gyn-Onc, Thyroid, Multiple Myeloma, Prostate and Leukemia and Lymphoma

Education, Coordination and Navigation

Support for educated and informed decision making and self care

  • Oncology nursing care coordination and navigation

  • Chemotherapy education classes

  • Resource Center with library

  • American Cancer Society’s Look Good Feel Good program presented monthly

  • Nutrition assessment and counseling

Integrative and Supportive Care Survivorship Clinic

Consultation based on whole-person care, providing patients and their families with effective evidence-based interventions to optimize health and reduce the risk of cancer recurrence

  • Addressing issues including sleep, nutrition, lifestyle. smoking cessation, stress management, social support and spirituality to support well-being and resiliency during and after cancer treatment

  • Consultation services and follow-up addressing integration of conventional and integrative modalities

  • Integrative therapies including massage, acupuncture, reflexology, healing touch, craniosacral and reiki and classes in qui gong, gentle yoga and tai chi

  • Lymphedema Therapy: Education and therapy

Services for symptom management and treatment issues through effective compassionate care

  • Consultation for symptom management

  • Consultation for goals of care

  • Interventional pain service referrals

The Team

Nurse Coordinator, Supportive Care Services
Jeanette Woody, RN, BSN, MS, 520-694-2873

Integrative and Palliative Supportive Care
Leila Ali-Akbarian, MD

Karen Weihs, MD

Psychiatry Residents and Psychology Interns supervised by College of Medicine clinical instructors

Survivorship Clinic
Amit Algotar, MD
Leila Ali-Akbarian, MD

Patient Advocate
Kristin Uribe, 520-694-9004

Front Line Social Workers - University of Arizona Cancer Center — North Campus

Women’s Cancer
Brenda Casey, LMSW, 520-694-0347

Other Cancers
Lynn Barwick, LCSW, 520-694-1855
Janelle Moss, LCSW, 520-694-0805
Jill Winter, LMSW, 520-694-0845
Laura Stigsell, LMSW, 520-694-4107
Laura Hagerty, LCSW, 520-694-2873

Bone Marrow Transplant
Kathleen Pickrel, LMSW, 520-694-1885

Radiation Oncology Social Workers
Rashida Hays, LMSW, 520-694-4652

Orange Grove Social Worker
Linda Jones, MSW, 520-694-8920

Michelle Bratton, RD, 520-694-2873
Certified Specialist in Oncology Nutrition