Cancer Support Therapy at DCI: Empowering & Inclusive
By: Bryan Roth, Senior Communications Specialist, Duke Health Marketing & Communications
Cancer support therapy empowers Duke patients and their loved ones at no charge. Individual or group sessions are part of a collection of services for cancer patients provided through the Duke Cancer Patient Support Program.
Nikki McLean said a 2018 diagnosis of colon cancer at age 35 “came out of nowhere” and left her uncertain about her future. While a team of Duke Health medical experts treated her body, she also received emotional support through the Duke Cancer Patient Support Program. This service helps Duke patients undergoing cancer treatment and their loved ones at no charge.
McLean, a Raleigh resident and now 38, had surgery in March 2018 and began chemotherapy. She felt better and in the fall started seeing a medical family therapist to gain emotional support. Her sessions are part of a larger collection of cancer support services at Duke that includes individual and group therapy sessions, self-image consultations to help patients look and feel their best, and guidance from rehab experts so patients can move more easily.
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Medical Family Therapy
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, medical family therapists work with individuals, couples and families to address the psychological, emotional, and social/relational difficulties that often accompany the diagnosis and course of illness.
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LEARN ABOUT the full range of psychological as well as spiritual support services (including support groups) available to patients and their loved ones through the Duke Cancer Patient Support Program.