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Medical Family Therapy made possible through the Duke Cancer Patient Support Program.

Duke Cancer Institute’s Supportive Care and Survivorship center offers support services to assist families facing cancer. Programs are designed to meet the needs of the whole person, not just the cancer.

High quality comprehensive cancer services are offered through the center's Duke Cancer Patient Support Program (DCPSP) and through collaborations with Duke Health and Duke University.

Most (DCPSP) support services, including cancer education, KidsCan!, support groups, individual and family therapy, Pets At Duke and others are offered at no cost to patients and their loved ones.

However, the Duke Cancer Patient Support Program is solely dependent on the generous support of its benefactors. To learn more, visit Duke Cancer Patient Support Program. To give, go to gifts.duke.edu/cancersupport.

Support Services

Blue headers represent services made possible through the Duke Cancer Patient Support Program.

Medical Family Therapists Medical family therapy is a collaborative approach in which therapists work in partnership with the medical team, the patient and the family. While physicians attend to the biological treatment of illness, they work with individuals, couples and families to address the psychological, emotional, and social/relational difficulties that often accompany the diagnosis and course of illness. For additional information or to book an appointment in either Durham or Wake County locations, call 919.684.4497 or email cancersupport@duke.edu.

Clinical Social Workers Oncology clinical social workers help patients and families cope with the emotional and practical concerns that accompany the diagnosis and treatment of cancer. Individual, family and group consultations are available. To schedule an appointment, call 919.684.4497or email cancersupport@duke.edu.

Psychologists and Psychiatrists The clinical services offered by the Behavioral Medicine and Psychological Services Program have been selected to complement and expand the services already available through the Cancer Patient Support Program. Services provided in the Duke Cancer Center include cognitive testing, symptom management, weight management or loss, psychological assessment, neuro-psychological evaluation, cognitive retraining, sex therapy, psychotherapy, psychiatric medication evaluations and management. For additional information or to schedule an appointment, call 919.684.4497 or email cancersupport@duke.edu.

Child Life Services The diagnosis of cancer impacts every member of the family, including children and teens. We offer child life services to help children and teens better understand and cope with illness in the family.

Education and supportive activities provided by Child Life Specialists reduce the stress experienced by children and teens. To schedule an appointment, call 919.684.4497.

Teen and Young Adult Oncology Program We provide teens and young adults (ages 15 to 29) patients and their families with support and community during a diagnosis, treatment and survivorship. The program offers specialized medical care, counseling support, peer connection and activity-based groups. To learn more, call 860.684.4497.

Pastoral Services We have clinical chaplains on-site seven days a week, 24 hours a day. Clinical chaplains are members of the multi-disciplinary healthcare team, and are available to help patients and their loved ones cope with the psycho-spiritual and cultural-ethical concerns that may impact one’s beliefs, values, and emotions when facing cancer.

Support Groups

Cancer support groups are made possible through the Duke Cancer Patient Support Program.

KidsCan! KidsCan! is designed to support children, ages 4 to 18, who have a parent or significant caregiver living with a diagnosis of cancer. Kids groups are divided by age and focus on issues such as understanding cancer, changes in the family, feelings, self-care, memories, cooperation, love and family. While your child is at his or her group, a parent group is available in which you can discuss the challenges of parenting children and teens while living with a cancer diagnosis. To register for this monthly group, call Jean Hartford Todd (Durham) at 919.684.2913 or contact Hannah Sasser (Wake County) at 919.954.4117.

Caregiver Support Group At this professionally facilitated caregiver support group, you can meet people in a similar situation to you, share what’s happening, and get support, tips and ideas from those who understand what you’re going through. This group takes place on the third Thursday of each month from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Teer House on Roxboro Road. A Patient Support Group takes place simul-taneously. Dinner is included. Registration is not required. For additional information, call 919.684.4497 or email at cancersupport@duke.edu.

Patient Support Group At this professionally facilitated patient support group, you can meet people in a similar situation to you, share what’s happening, and get support, tips and ideas from those who understand what you’re going through. This group takes place on the third Thursday of each month from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Teer House on Roxboro Road. A Caregiver Support Group takes place simul-taneously. Dinner is included. Registration is not required. For additional information, call 919.684.4497 or email at cancersupport@duke.edu.

Prostate Support Group At this professionally facilitated prostate support group, you can meet people in a similar situation to you, share what’s happening, and get support, tips and ideas from those who understand what you’re going through. Groups are available at both Duke Cancer Center and Duke Raleigh Cancer Center locations.  For more information, call 919.684.4497 or visit Duke Health.

Breast & GYN Support Group Meet people in a similar situation to you, share what’s happening, and get support, tips and ideas from those who understand what you’re going through. This 

 

group is held at Duke Women’s Cancer Care Raleigh on the second Tuesday of each month from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. For information, visit Duke Health.

General Cancer Support Group This general cancer support group gives patients and family members the opportunity to share their experiences, gather information and resources, and participate in educational programs. Groups are held at various Wake County locations several times a month. For information on meeting times and locations, visit Duke Health.

LGBTQ+ Support Group This group is designed to offer professionally facilitated support for LGBTQ+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, +) patients and their families.  The group is held on the fourth Wednesday of every month at 5:30 pm in the Patient Resource Center (0 Level) of the cancer center in Durham. Refreshments will be provided and parking passes are available. For more information, email cancersupport@duke.edu.