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Walker Family Cancer Centre Palliative and Supportive Care

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Palliative and Supportive Care Team

If you or a loved one is living with a serious illness and struggling with pain, stress or other  symptoms, a referral to a palliative care team can help provide relief and improve your quality of life.

The Palliative and Supportive Care Clinic at Walker Family Cancer Centre offers a holistic approach for all symptoms associated with cancer and its treatment. Our palliative care team supports the patient and family needs during the journey of an advanced cancer disease.

When palliative and supportive care is involved earlier in the treatment plan of patients with advanced cancer, it can lead to improved quality of life and emotional wellbeing for patients and their families. With this patient-centred approach, patients and families are empowered to manage and navigate their care more actively.

The team works in partnership with the patient, caregiver, family, family physician, community partner and oncologist.

Team members include:

  • Palliative Care Physician
  • Pain and Symptom Management Nurse
  • Social Worker
  • Spiritual Care
  • Support Staff

Contact Info


Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. -4:30 p.m.

Closed statutory holidays

Read the Palliative Care and Supportive Care brochure

For information on Palliative Care at Niagara Health please click here

Meet our Palliative Care physicians

Dr. Conen

Dr. Katrin Conen, Palliative Care Physician at Niagara Health

Dr. Conen is an experienced medical oncologist with a specialization in palliative care. Dr. Conen completed her medical degree in 2003 at the University of Wurzburg in Germany. In 2016, Dr. Conen moved to Canada and became an Assistant Clinical Professor with the Department of Medicine McMaster University and an Adjunct at the Department of Family Medicine, Division of Palliative Care. Her clinical work is focused on early palliative care integration in advanced cancer patients at the Walker Family Cancer Centre.

Dr. Duboff

Dr. Narisa Duboff, Palliative Care Physician at Niagara Health

Dr. Duboff completed her residency at Western University in Family Medicine. She completed her palliative care traineeship at McMaster University. Her palliative care clinical work is focused on in-patient, outpatient and in the community setting focusing on chronic disease management and malignancy. Her interests are in early integration of palliative care and mental health. She is currently an adjunct clinical professor in the department of Palliative Care at McMaster University and enjoys teaching. 

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