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The Harry J. Duffey Family Pain and Palliative Care Program was founded in 2007 to provide compassionate, supportive care for our patients and families at the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center.
Our trained staff can help guide you throughout the cancer process. No matter where you are in your cancer treatment, every day matters.
Ask your doctor, nurse, or other health care provider to contact us
Visit the Duffey Patient and Family Services program in person in Suite 1210, Weinberg Building
Palliative (pronounced PAL-lee-uh-tiv) care focuses on the whole person and the relief of symptoms, such as pain, shortness of breath, fatigue, constipation, nausea, loss of appetite, depression and difficulty sleeping. It can help patients carry on with daily life, including tolerating medical treatments. Palliative care is appropriate at any stage of an illness and can be provided at the same time as your cancer treatment.
At the Kimmel Cancer Center, we want our patients to be as comfortable as possible during their treatment. Our team provides patients and their families with guidance in making difficult decisions, emotional support, and expert treatment of pain and symptom management. Palliative care is not a one-size-fits-all approach. Our team will meet with you and your family to discuss options to enhance your care to suit your unique needs.
Meet our new Harry J. Duffey Family Professor of Palliative Medicine Professor of Oncology and Director of Palliative Medicine
The pain and palliative care experts will join with your cancer doctors, nurses and other health care professionals to support you and your family through the cancer journey. Your team members will be tailored to you and your family’s specific needs. Your team may include a palliative care doctor, palliative care nurse, social worker, chaplain, pharmacist, nutritionist, physical therapist, and others.
Communication— the cornerstone of palliative care—is key to superb care. The team will help you feel comfortable speaking to your doctors, nurses, family members and other important people in your life.
Palliative care benefits both patients and their families. Working in partnership with your primary oncologist, the palliative care team provides:
Whether you need assistance managing physical pain, gaining relief from psychological distress, or want better communication among family members, the Duffey Pain and Palliative Care team can help.Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins
Support from grateful patients and families assures the continuation of our program.
To learn more about ways to give to the Harry J. Duffey Family Pain and Palliative Care Program, please contact us at 410-502-9632.