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Patient Support Service and Palliative Care

“A service dedicated to helping clinicians care for patients with cancer and blood disorders, reduce the severity of their patients’ symptoms, and improve their quality of life.” 

Oncology Supportive Care Service

Supportive Care is patient-centered and family-centered care for individuals living with serious illness. It can be provided at any stage in a serious or chronic illness. The goal is to prevent and relieve suffering and to support the best possible quality of life for patients and their families. It is meant to supplement, not replace, the treatment plan decided on by the physician and patient that could include chemotherapy, radiation, or surgery. It is complementary to the patient’s treatment goals.

The Supportive Care Team takes on a collaborative, interdisciplinary approach which includes doctors, nurse practitioners, social workers, chaplains, registered dietitians, pharmacists, nurse and community navigators, and licensed mental health professionals. This team embraces patients’ values, goals, and wishes when considering disease management and burden. Significant attention is given to disease management options, relief from pain, and other distressing symptoms.

The Supportive Care Nurse Practitioner serves as a key member of the Outpatient Oncology team and is responsible for providing consultative evaluations of pain and non-pain symptoms, psychosocial distress, and goals of care discussions caused by and related to the patient’s cancer diagnosis.

The mission of the Supportive Care Clinic is to promote an interdisciplinary and comprehensive care plan that addresses the physical, psychological, and spiritual care needs of our patients. It will help patients live better and often longer in combination with their other medical care.

Our Specialists

Sarah Loschiavo
Sarah Loschiavo, A.P.R.N., FNP-C, ACHPN
Nurse Practitioner
Program Director
Email: loschiavo@uchc.edu

Marie Ziello, LCSW
Marie Ziello, LCSW
Clinical Social Worker
Phone: 860-480-7963

Nurse Navigators

Ashley Aust
Ashley Aust, R.N., B.S.N.
Gynecologic Oncology Nurse Navigator
Phone: 860-505-9104
Email: aust@uchc.edu
Fax: 860-676-3442

Sophie Masternak
Sophie Masternak, R.N., M.S.N.
Gastrointestinal, Melanoma, Head and Neck Oncology Nurse Navigator
Phone: 860-466-9760
Email: masternak@uchc.edu
Fax: 860-676-3434

Wendy Thibodeau
Wendy Thibodeau, R.N., M.S.N., O.C.N.
Lung, Genitourinary, Hematology/Oncology Nurse Navigator
Phone: 860-692-8455
Email: wthibodeau@uchc.edu
Fax: 860-676-3434

molly tsipouras
Molly Tsipouras, R.N.,
B.S.N., O.C.N., CPBN-IC

Breast Oncology Nurse Navigator
Phone: 860-480-1981
Email: mtsipouras@uchc.edu
Fax: 860-676-3437

Registered Dietitians

Tess Creamer
Tess Creamer, M.S., R.D., C.D.N., C.S.O.
Radiation Oncology
Neag Comprehensive Cancer Center
Phone: 860-679-7558

Kerry Coughlin
Kerry Coughlin, M.S., R.D., C.S.O.
Neag Comprehensive Cancer Center
Phone: 860-679-7255

Spiritual Care

Oncology Pharmacist

Lisa Holle, Pharm.D., BCOP, FHOPA
Lisa Holle, Pharm.D., BCOP, FHOPA
Associate Clinical Professor
Email: holle@uchc.edu

American Cancer Society Patient Navigator

Amber Tillinghast
Amber Tillinghast
American Cancer Society Patient Navigator
Outpatient Pavilion, 4th floor
Phone: 860-679-7820

Cancer Fatigue Interdisciplinary Clinic

Jayesh Kamath, M.D., Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Psychiatry

Margaret Moore, LCSW
Clinical Social Worker