Cancer Support Services

Cancer Support Services

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We believe quality, comprehensive cancer care involves attending to issues beyond the scope of traditional approaches to medicine. We are committed to treating your whole person, not just your cancer. That care extends to your family and your support network because we know cancer touches the lives of those surrounding you. As a testament to our values, most of our cancer support services are provided at no additional charge to you or your family.

Our Locations
Duke Health offers locations throughout the Triangle. Find one near you.

Cancer Support for You and Your Family

Monthly Cancer Support Groups
Professionally facilitated support groups give you and your family the opportunity to share your experiences, gather information and resources, and participate in educational programs. We offer disease-specific support groups and support groups for cancer patients, family members, and children. View all of our cancer support groups on our event calendar.

Individual, Couple, and Family Counseling
Licensed medical family therapists provide crisis counseling, ongoing scheduled therapy sessions, and unscheduled supportive counseling in waiting rooms, exam rooms, and hospital rooms.

Support for Children
Our specially trained staff members help children and their families overcome some of life’s most challenging events, particularly those related to cancer treatment and hospitalization. Our KidsCan! program supports children ages four to 18 who have a parent or significant caregiver who has been diagnosed with cancer.

Self-Image Resources
The Belk Boutique, located on the main level of the Duke Cancer Center, provides wigs, hats, turbans, and scarves at no charge to women and men who are losing hair as a result of cancer treatment. Our professional volunteers and therapists also offer educational materials, community resources, and counseling to help with self-image issues.

Recreation Therapy
Certified recreation therapists help you and your family enjoy and employ your creativity and personal drive in your fight against cancer. Activities, interventions, and techniques are offered at no charge.

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Physical Rehabilitation
Our blended focus on fitness, stress management, and nutrition provides the tools and support you need to maintain your strength, stamina, and positive outlook.

Cancer Nutrition
Our registered dietitians/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.

Pets at Duke
Our animal-assisted therapy program is an effective psychotherapy intervention that has been shown to aid stress and depression. It also provides a sense of companionship that can combat feelings of isolation and maximize health outcomes.

Survivorship Support
The Duke Center for Cancer Survivorship offers a number of programs that help you understand the long-term and late effects of cancer, as well as how to live a fuller life after treatment.

Smoking Cessation for People with Cancer
Our Quit at Duke program meets the specific challenges of cancer survivors who smoke. You'll benefit from expert guidance, a range of treatment options, and follow-up care.

Medical Support Services

Psychiatric Consultations
We offer psychiatric consultations and comprehensive treatment for the emotional and psychological difficulties that can be associated with a cancer diagnosis.

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.

Duke University Hospital is nationally ranked in 10 adult specialties
Among the Best Cancer Hospitals in U.S.
Where you receive your cancer care is important. Duke University Hospital's cancer program is ranked among the nation's best by U.S. News & World Report for 2019–2020.

Interested in Volunteering?

Duke Cancer Patient Support Program volunteers play a critical role in the day-to-day activities at the Duke Cancer Center. Volunteers provide conversation and comfort, offer refreshments, and help patients locate areas and resources in the clinics and hospital. Join our team.