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.
Team members include:
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 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.