Joan Karnell Supportive Care Program

Joan Karnell Counseling

A cancer diagnosis and its treatment can be overwhelming. Patients and family members typically have many questions and concerns about the disease and treatment.

The Joan Karnell Supportive Care Program at Pennsylvania Hospital helps you and your family cope with the physical and emotional distress caused by a cancer diagnosis and treatment. We believe that supportive care is the essence of compassionate cancer care. Support comes in a variety of shapes and sizes to match your needs and concerns as you work to combat cancer. The less distress you have, the more energy you can direct toward recovery.

An Interdisciplinary Team to Support Your Needs

Comprehensive supportive care services require the expertise of an interdisciplinary team in order to adequately assess and treat the complex needs of cancer patients and their families. Our team is organized under our Pain and Supportive Care Program, a palliative care service that includes professionals from medicine, nursing, social work, psychology, nutrition, shiatsu therapy, art therapy, pastoral care, and other professional disciplines. These services are available to all patients, from the point of diagnosis.

Supportive Care Services and Programs

Art Therapy

Bereavement Services

Cancer Risk Evaluation Program

Hospice Care

Integrated Breast Center

Living Well: A Program for Older Adults with Cancer/Geriatric Oncology Program

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction

Nutrition Counseling

Psychological Counseling

Shiatsu Massage Therapy

Social Work 

Spiritual Counseling

Pain and Supportive Care: A Palliative Care Service