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Supportive Oncology

If you’ve been diagnosed with cancer it is important to get the support you need while undergoing treatment. Karmanos is here to help. 

Karmanos’ Supportive Oncology Specialists

Our Supportive Oncology Multidisciplinary Team works with each of our multidisciplinary teams to provide patients expert support for:

  • Symptom control 
  • Pain management
  • Psychological and spiritual needs
  • Rehabilitation medicine
  • Caregivers
  • Advanced care planning
  • Coordination of care

The goal of the team is to improve the quality of life for cancer patients and their families. These services are available from the time of initial diagnosis throughout all phases of treatment and care. The team also provides support for family members, recognizing they often experience emotional distress when a loved one is diagnosed with cancer.

Innovative, Individualized Care

These services can be expected from our Supportive Oncology Multidisciplinary Team:

  • A passionate, caring, expert team
  • Respectful, compassionate care that is responsive to your emotional needs and lifestyle
  • Proactive, timely communication with you and your loved ones

Meet Our Supportive Oncology Multidisciplinary Team

Team Leader
David Debono, M.D., Medical Oncology

Administrative Team Director
Larmender Davis, PhDc, MSW, LMSW

Ambulatory Services
Ann Payne, BSN, RN 

Anesthesia Pain Service 
Walid Osta, MD
Carol Strong, BSN, RN 

Clinical Nursing
Sheila Sperti, MSN, RN 

Clinical Resource Management
Patricia Ferguson, RN
Brenda Tonne-Hukill, MSN, RN 

Community Patient Education
Laura Zubeck, BSN, RN

Counseling
Kathy Reynolds, PMHCNS-BC, NP
Felicity Harper, PhD 

Medical Nutrition
Alainna Pardon, RD

Pharmacy
Mark Szlaczky, BcS, PharmD

Social Work
Cookie Cicirelli, LMSW, ACSW

Spiritual Care
Portia Lockett, CPC, CIC

Wound, Ostomy, and Continence Care 
Carole Bauer, ANP-BC, MSN, OCN, CWOCN

Appointment Information 

To schedule an appointment at Karmanos, call 1-800-KARMANOS (1-800-527-6266) or request an appointment online


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