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Women's Cancer at Jefferson Hospital

The Inpatient Oncology Unit at Jefferson Hospital is a 28-bed dedicated facility offering advanced, comprehensive care in serving the specialized needs of cancer patients and their families.
Effective cancer treatment requires the skills and talents of physicians in a variety of medical specialties. Physicians associated with the Oncology Unit are board-certified in medical oncology, surgery, pulmonary medicine, urology, radiation oncology, pathology, and radiology.
The nursing staff is dedicated to the unique care and treatment of patients with cancer. In fact, many staff members have received the specialized credential of Oncology Certified Nurses (OCNs), requiring successful completion of a rigorous test on principles of oncology, chemotherapy delivery, and oncology nursing care. Many have received training at the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute for Cancer Care and Chemotherapy Administration.
Jefferson Hospital provides advanced oncology services at our main hospital campus's Radiation Oncology Services wing. Radiation oncology services are provided on an inpatient and outpatient basis, and include Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT), and gated radiation treatments.
Palliative care and inpatient hospice care are available, and can be coordinated through the Oncology Unit.
For questions related to our inpatient and outpatient Cancer Care services, call the Patient Care Manager of the Oncology Unit at 412-469-7136.
Complete Personal Care
Our Cancer Care program provides personalized, compassionate care, attention and assistance in managing your life during illness.
Care for Total Wellness 
During and after inpatient treatment, patients benefit from our multidisciplinary approach to care, which includes spiritual care for patients and families, nutrition counseling, and psychiatric and behavioral counseling.
Care for Returning Home
Before leaving the hospital, patients and their caregivers meet with a case management team that include a dedicated oncology social worker and a registered nurse. They help you coordinate services with a home health agency after leaving the hospital.
Palliative Patient and Family Support Services
The AHN's Palliative Care program is a life affirming program.
The goal of Palliative Care is to prevent and relieve suffering and to support the best possible quality of life for patients and their families, regardless of the state of the disease or the need for other therapies. Services are available to our inpatients that have been a serious or chronic illness and their families.
Palliative Care affirms life by supporting the patient's and family's goals for the future, including their hopes for cure or life prolongation as well as their hopes for dignity throughout the course of illness, the dying process and death.
Palliative Care is both a philosophy of care and an organized, highly structured system for delivering care. It expands traditional medical treatments to include to goals for enhancing quality of life for patients and family, optimizing function, helping with decision making and providing opportunities for personal growth. As such, it can be delivered concurrently with life-prolonging care or as the main focus of care.
Palliative Care will:
  • Assist patients with chronic illness to live with the best quality of life that they can, and provides support to their caregivers.
  • Be provided in conjunction with all other curative treatments.
  • Help address symptoms that the patient may experience, such as anxiety, depression, nausea, pain, etc., enabling the patient to focus on family, relationships and interests.
  • Utilize a team approach to the care of the patient-family unit by using the disciplines of Medicine, Psychology, Social Services, Spiritual Services and Nursing.
How to get Palliative Care
Patients can be referred to Palliative Care by their Primary Attending Physician or their families can request a consult. All patients are evaluated within 24 hours of the consult request.
Collaborative Care
  • Our program will work with your primary physician to make suggestions for your care for:
  • Symptoms of pain, nausea, shortness of breath, fatigue, and other distressing symptoms.
  • We can assist in determining personal treatment goals and choosing among treatment options.
  • Support for resolving questions and conflicts between patients/families and physicians concerning goals of care, DNR orders, and treatment requests.
  • Problems related to emotional and spiritual suffering.
  • Assist with prognostication and plans for discharge from the hospital.
  • Empowering patients to make their own decisions
Palliative Care Team
Palliative Care Services at Jefferson Hospital are led by Uzma Khan, MD, a board certified Palliative Care physician. She is assisted by the Palliative Care team comprised of the disciplines of psychology, nursing, occupational and recreational therapy and spiritual services. Together they work to enhance the patient's experience of living with a chronic illness. To speak to someone about Palliative Care, please call Jefferson Hospital at 412-469-5000.


For more information about Cancer Care at Jefferson, call 412-469-5000.