Oncology Recreation Therapy

Short Overview

The Oncology Recreation Therapy (ORT) program is a component of the Duke Cancer Patient Support Program. The purpose of the ORT is to assist adults with cancer and their families in adjusting to their illness, treatment and hospitalization. One-on-one recreational therapy treatment interventions facilitated by a Licensed Recreation Therapist (LRT), along with general recreational activities and resources, are offered to assist patients and their families in maintaining and/or improving functioning and well-being in the physical, social, emotional, cognitive and leisure domains.

Our Services (One-on-One and Groups)


Low Impact Physical Functioning
Nintendo Wii Sports/Wii Fit, corn hole, ladder golf, putt-putt, walking program

Stress Management/Relaxation Techniques
Guided imagery, progressive muscle relaxation, deep breathing

Cancer Center Belk Boutique

Legacy Building
Recordable storybooks, life story, hand molds, scrapbooks, journals, voice/video recordings

Expressive Arts/Leisure Skill Development
Painting, knitting, journaling, drawing, etc.

Pet Therapy
Procedural support preparation

Our Resources

  • DVD Lending Library
  • Arts & Crafts Supplies
  • Knitting/Crochet Supplies
  • Board Games
  • Playing Cards
  • Crossword, Word Search & Sudoku
  • Jigsaw Puzzles
  • Guitar & Keyboard
  • Journaling Supplies
  • Audio Books

Does it Cost Anything?


Oncology Recreation Therapy services are offered at no cost to patients. Most of the resources provided are made possible through donations and fundraisers.

Internship Opportunities

  Deadline Submission Confirmation of Internships
Spring September 15 October 1

Internship opportunities are not available for the foreseeable future due to COVID restrictions and the high risk of our immunocompromised oncology patients who are immunocompromised.  Please check back for updates.

Volunteers Make Our Program a Success


Duke's Oncology Recreation Therapy Program extends even further to support more patients and their families with the help of volunteers. Learn more about volunteer opportunities.