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Our Supportive Oncology Team

Our multidisciplinary team is dedicated to listening and responding to patient concerns, promoting well-being and treating each individual with respect and compassion. We work directly with clinical researchers who conduct clinical trials aimed at improving the psychosocial health of adults with cancer. Get to know our team members and what they do below.

 Social Workers

Provides emotional support, helps patients find resources close to home and assists patients and family members with other practical needs and referrals as they navigate the healthcare system. 312-695-0990

Rebecca Ballen
Rebecca Ballen, LCSW
Social Worker, Women's Cancers

Christopher Balmaceda
Christopher Balmaceda, LCSW
Social Worker, Brain Tumors

Catherine Cassingham
Catherine Cassingham, LSW
Social Worker, Solid Tumors

Katie Janak
Katie Janak, MSW, LCSW
Social Worker

Robin Katz
Robin Katz, LCSW
Social Worker, Blood Cancers

Sandra Manley
Sandra Manley, LCSW
Social Worker, Radiation Oncology

 Nutrition Services

Our registered dietitians can assist you in planning a healthy diet during and after your cancer treatment, based on up-to-date nutrition research. 312-695-0990

Caitlyn Busche
Caitlyn Busche, MS, RDN, LDN

Jocelyn Lutkus
Jocelyn Lutkus, RD, CSO, LDN

Roxanna Lopez RD, LDN


Works with patients and family members to manage the stress, sadness, anger and fatigue that can often accompany cancer. 312-695-0990

Sofia Garcia
Sofia Garcia, PhD
Cancer Survivorship Institute Translational Research Program Director

Nan Rothrock
Nan Rothrock, PhD

Timothy Pearman
Timothy Pearman, PhD
Cancer Survivorship Institute Supportive Oncology Program Director

Linda Emanuel
Linda Emanuel, MD, PhD

Stacy Sanford
Stacy Sanford, PhD
Director of Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology

 Psychiatry Services

Provides psychiatric evaluation and treatment to patients in need of additional services. 

Mehmet Dokucu
Mehmet Dokucu, MD, PhD
Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

 Fertility Preservation Coordinator

Works with physicians and reproductive specialists to help patients explore the possible impact of cancer treatment on their fertility, understand available treatment options and provide referrals for appropriate fertility preservation interventions.

Kristin Smith
Kristin Smith
Fertility Preservation Patient Navigator

 Coordinator of Supportive Oncology Education

Provides personalized assistance to patients and families seeking information on diagnosis, treatment options, support groups, clinical trials and more.

Rahma Omar
Rahma Omar, MPH
Coordinator of Supportive Oncology Education

 Breast Cancer Nurse Navigator

Our breast cancer nurse navigator provides patients and their families with information about their diagnosis, treatment and available support services. Navigators serve as educators, advocates and guides before, during and after treatment as well as throughout survivorship.

Lynn Galuska Elsen
Lynn Galuska Elsen, RN, BDN
Breast Cancer Nurse Navigator
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