Supportive care enhances patient quality of life, provides resources to manage cancer-related symptoms, and improves the experience of having cancer and receiving cancer care while also ensuring that patients receive high quality medical treatment.
At Duke, trained counselors are devoted to guiding patients through their cancer care. Through one-on-one sessions, phone calls, and support groups, the Duke Cancer Institute counselors provide patients, family members, and friends with an open, supportive environment.
Because colorectal cancer can significantly affect quality of life, the Duke Gastrointestinal Cancers Program offers a full range of rehabilitation services designed to optimize each patient’s comfort and long-term function.
The Duke Gastrointestinal Cancers Program encourages patients to take advantage of our various supportive care resources, including the Gastrointestinal and Pancreatic Cancer Support Group.
Trained specialists and compassionate volunteers offer educational and psychological support to patients and their families through the Duke Center for Cancer Survivorship and its patient care programs:
A wide variety of events take place throughout the year to provide patient education and provide patients with the tools and resources they need to maintain a high quality of life throughout treatment.