Palliative Care and Pain Program
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.
Please read our Resource, Education, and Support Guide for Advanced Cancers Patients and Their Family Caregivers
Palliative Care Experts
How to contact us:
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
What is palliative care?
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.
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What does the Harry J. Duffey Family Pain and Palliative Care Program at the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center offer?
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
Who will be involved in my care?
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.
How can we help?
Special Retreats for Patients with Metastatic Cancer
We offer retreats for patients and their loved ones. There are two retreats annually for metastatic breast cancer patients (one for couples and one for patients who want to bring a female caregiver), metastatic colorectal cancer patients, advanced pancreatic cancer patients, and advanced GYN oncology patients. This video is a look into a retreat offered for metastatic breast cancer patients.
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:
- Close, clear communication
- Expert treatment of pain and other symptoms
- Help navigating the health care system
- Guidance with difficult decisions and complex information
- Detailed practical information and assistance
- Emotional and spiritual support for you and your family
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.
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.