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.

Find out more here about the Telephone Symptom Management Support Program for cancer survivors and caregivers, by University of Arizona Cancer Center member Terry Badger, PhD, RN. 

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-Oncology, Thyroid, Multiple Myeloma, Prostate and Leukemia and Lymphoma. Melanoma

Education, Coordination and Navigation

Support for educated and informed decision making and self care

  • Oncology nursing care coordination and navigation

  • Chemotherapy education classes

  • Nutrition assessment and counseling

  • Lay Patient Navigation

  • Integrative and Supportive Care Survivorship Clinic

Supportive Care 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. If you would like to meet with any of the physicians below, please ask your oncologist for a referral to the supportive care clinic. This clinic has physicians trained in Integrative Medicine, Palliative Care and Survivorship. See definitions of each:

Palliative Care is specialized medical care for people with a serious illness such as cancer. This type of care is focused on providing relief from the symptoms and stress of a serious illness. The goal is to improve quality of life for the patient and family. 

Integrative Medicine is healing-oriented medicine that takes account of the whole person, including all aspects of lifestyle. It emphasizes the therapeutic relationship between practitioner and patient, is informed by evidence, and makes use of all appropriate therapies. 

Survivorship in cancer focuses on the health and life of a person with cancer post treatment until the end of life. This includes issues related to the ability to get health care and follow-up treatment, late effects of treatment, second cancers, and quality of life. 

Integrative Touch Therapies and Classes (call volunteer desk to make appointment at 520-694-1812)
NOTE: These classes are on hold until further notice, with the exception of Qui Gong and Gentle Yoga, which are offered virtually.

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

  • Lymphedema Therapy: Education and therapy

The Team

Palliative Supportive Care
Abby Fuoto, DNP
Shana Semmons, MD
Amy Klein, MD

Integrative Medicine
Krisstina Gowin, MD

Karen Weihs, MD
Amy Hu, MD

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

Survivorship Clinic
Amit Algotar, 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
Brenda Limon, LMSW, 520-694-1885

Radiation Oncology Social Workers
Cheryl Stevens-Kirkland, LMSW, 520-694-4652

Orange Grove Social Worker
Cheryl Stevens-Kirkland, LMSW, 520-694-4652

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

Lay Patient Navigation
Monica Hernandez, 520-694-0555

For support groups, email UACCNCONCOLOGYSUPORTGROUPS@bannerhealth.com.