Therapy & Support Groups
Psychological & Spiritual Support Services
Duke Cancer Center Patient Navigators are available to make sure that nothing stops you and your family from getting the support you need. They will talk with you to find out what barriers you’re coming up against, then connect you with the right people, services and information. They can get you connected with support for financial issues, traveling to the Center, long-term housing, getting help at home and much more. Available before, during and after treatment. They’re your guides through your cancer experience. For more information, please call 919.668.3882.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 919.684.4497 or email email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 teen and young adult (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 919.684.4497.
Pastoral Services We have clinical chaplains on-site seven days aweek, 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.
Pets at Duke Pets at Duke, a service made possible through the Duke Cancer Patient Support Program, offers many benefits. Research shows that pet therapy is an effective form of psychotherapy intervention, which reduces stress and depression. Pet therapy also provides a sense of companionship that can combat feelings of isolation. The relaxation and feelings of connection with an animal facilitate healing and rehabilitation. Visits will resume after April 20. For more information, call 919.684.4497 or email email@example.com.
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.
Due to COVID-19 Precautions, Support Groups Have Been Temporarily Suspended and are Expected to Resume After April 20
Art Therapy at Nasher This professionally facilitated art therapy group is held at Duke University’s Nasher Museum of Art on the first and third Wednesday of every month at 2 p.m. No art experience is needed. For more information call 919.668.4029.
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 simultaneously. Dinner is included. Registration is not required. For additional information, call 919.684.4497 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 simultaneously. Dinner is included. Registration is not required.For additional information, call 919.684.4497 or email email@example.com.
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.
Bone Marrow Transplant Survivorship Support Group This group is designed to offer professionally facilitated support for individuals and their families who have completed their active stem cell transplant treatment. The group is held on the third Wednesday of every month from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. in Patient Education Room 1001 at Duke North Pavilion in Durham (across from ambulatory surgery elevators and the security desk). Dinner and complimentary parking passes are provided. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or
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, for patients only, is held at Duke Women’s Cancer Care Raleigh on the second Tuesday each month, from 5 to 7 p.m., and the second Thursday of each month, from 2:30 to 4 p.m. For more information, visit Duke Health or call 919.684.4497.
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 or call 9191.684.4497.
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 email@example.com.
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, email Matt Pannachi.