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

Palliative Care Duke palliative care experts help you experience relief from the pain, symptoms and stress of serious illness. No matter your age or stage of your illness, we work closely with you and your doctors to help you navigate your healthcare and understand your treatment options. Our goals are to help you gain physical, emotional and psychological strength, and ensure you and your family experience the best possible quality of life. To schedule an appointment, call 919.551.3542.

Recreation Therapy Duke recreation therapists help hospitalized patients enjoy and employ their own creativity and personal drive in their fight against cancer. Recreation therapy treatment interventions help maintaining and/or improving functioning and well-being in the physical, social, emotional and cognitive domains. For more information, call 919.681.2928 or email

Speech and Hearing Rehabilitation If you’ve found that your cancer treatments have affected your hearing, memory, attention span, problem-solving skills, language or ability to swallow, then help is available. Our team is here to work with you on practical therapy plans that will ensure you have the best quality of life possible. To make an appointment, call 919.684.3859.

Physical Rehabilitation Duke Health and Fitness Center has a specialized program designed to help people during and after cancer treatment. Our focus on fitness, stress management and nutrition provides the tools and support needed to maintain your strength, stamina and positive outlook. Lifestyle counselors, exercise physiologists and lymphedema specialists are trained in cancer treatment and recovery. To schedule an appointment, call 919.660.6660.

Physical and Occupational Therapy Our physical and occupational therapy services help you make sure physical changes don’t get in the way of living daily life. Our experts can assess and treat a broad range of issues.  They also offer a lymphedema management program and falls risk assessments. To schedule an appointment, call 919.684.2445.

Exercise Consults The Supportive Care and Survivorship Center offers free personalized exercise consultations by exercise physiologist and certified trainers. They’ll give you the tools and information you need to self-manage your physical fitness, and you can go to follow-up classes or training at the Health and Fitness Center. To schedule an appointment, call 919.684.6955 or email

Quit At Duke Quitting smoking and other tobacco products can be so much easier when you get the support you need. At Duke we provide expert guidance, a range of treatment options and follow-up care. For more information, call 919.613.QUIT.

Cancer Nutrition Our registered dietitian/nutritionists specialize in working with people with cancer. We help you prevent malnutrition, restore your digestive health, minimize the side effects related to your cancer treatment and work with you in survivorship. For more information, call 919.613.6379.

Guided Meditation Guided meditation promotes spiritual health and stress management and explores development of inner peace. Classes are held in the Duke Cancer Center Quiet Room, Level 0, on Mondays from 12:30 to 1 p.m. For more information or to schedule family sessions, call 919.684.3586. *NOTE: Due to COVID-19 Precautions, Guided Meditation classes have been temporarily suspended and are expected to resume April 27.

Tai Chi Classes Tai Chi is a holistic health practice that brings the mind and body together with slow, graceful, flowing movements performed in a meditative manner.  Classes take place in the Duke Cancer Center Quiet Room on Fridays at 2 p.m. (seated) and at 3 p.m. (standing). Drop-ins welcome. For more information, email or call 919.684.4497. *NOTE: Due to COVID-19 Precautions, Tai Chi classes have been temporarily suspended until further notice.

Cancer Survivorship Clinical Services We offer a number of programs that help patients understand the long-term and late effects of cancer, as well as how to live a fuller life after treatment. To make a referral, please call 919.668.2122.

Self-Image Support Services Self-image services address physical changes resulting from cancer treatment. View complete list of services.

Breast Reconstruction Education This is a monthly session for anyone wanting to know more about their options for breast reconstruction after mastectomy. It is a small, private session led by one of our specialist nurses and is open to anyone wanting more information on the options. This class is held on the third Tuesday of the month from 11:00am to noon in the Duke Cancer Center’s Patient Resource Center. To learn more, call 919.684.6955 or email

Sexual Health Our sexual health services address important quality of life issues related to cancer's impact on sexual health. Research shows changes in sexual satisfaction are common after treatment. Cancer patients and survivors are eligible to participate. For more information, call 919.684.4497.


More than 175 volunteers serve at Duke Cancer Center. Our volunteers provide conversation and comfort, offer refreshments and help patients find locations and resources. Volunteers play a critical role in the day-to-day activities at the Duke Cancer Center. For more information on becoming a volunteer, contact Matt Pennachi.