Survivorship Day 2023 - Duke Cancer Center

Wednesday, June 7, 10:00 am to 3:00 pm

Our 15th Survivorship Day at Duke Cancer Center in Durham took place on Wednesday, June 7, 2023, from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. It was open to everyone, who is newly diagnosed, in treatment, has completed treatment, or is a caregiver or friend supporting someone with cancer. There was something for everyone.

Survivorship Day was presented by Duke Cancer Institute’s Supportive Care & Survivorship Center.

View a slide show from past Survivorship Day events.

Classes at the Patient Resource Center

This mini-session will focus on mindfulness, or skills to be present in the current moment. Being more aware of what you are thinking and feeling and what is going on around you can help you to cope better. Research shows that practicing mindfulness has many benefits: it can reduce stress, negative emotions, and symptoms, and can improve physical functioning, and make you happier.

We will focus on three concrete skills or ways to practice mindfulness (observe, describe, and participate). We will do two practice exercises together, and discuss ways to be more mindful in your everyday life!

Led by Kelly Hyland, Ph.D. and Hannah Fisher, Ph.D.

This mini-session will teach easy-to-use strategies to manage stressors and symptoms. Even if you cannot totally get rid of the stressor or symptom, distress tolerance skills can help you calm your body and mind so that you can cope better. This can make a big difference.

We will focus on a tool called IMPROVE the moment, which focuses on ways to make things just a little bit better. You will learn about the skill, then engage in applied practice with the skills coaches so that you feel confident using the skill on your own.

Led by Kelly Hyland, Ph.D. and Caroline Dorfman, Ph.D.

Join board-certified music therapist Ellie Bautista as we explore how to incorporate music as a coping skill through movement, self-expression, and relaxation. No musical experience or talent is required – just come as you are.

Led by Ellie Bautista, MT-BC, LMFTA


Duke Cancer Institute providers and cancer survivors will provide information on the services, resources, and strategies available to help reduce cancer's impact on your emotional and physical health. You'll also learn about research and recent advances in survivorship care.

You can participate in the following free activities:

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Survivorship Day is made possible by our sponsors.