Adult Cancer Survivorship Services and Programs

Support and Guidance for Life During and After Cancer Treatment

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Overview

Being a cancer survivor starts the moment you are diagnosed and continues long after your cancer treatment ends. We remain partners with you during the entire journey. Our cancer survivor specialists create personalized plans to identify and treat the long-term effects of treatment. These plans also include screening regimens to watch for the return of cancer or the development of other cancers.

Our cancer support programs help you and your caregivers cope with the mental, emotional, and social concerns that may arise during, and in the years after cancer treatment. Whether you were treated for cancer at Duke Health or elsewhere, our goal is to help you live your best possible life as a cancer survivor.

Our Locations

Our survivorship experts see cancer survivors in person and through virtual visits. You can be seen by our specialists whether you received your cancer care at Duke Health or elsewhere.

Cancer Survivorship Clinics and Specialists

Our survivorship clinics are staffed by doctors, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants whose training includes cancer and family medicine. They work closely with you, your oncologists, your primary care provider, and other specialists to optimize your health and educate you about life after your cancer treatment. If you don’t have a primary care provider, we can identify one near you. Visits may take place annually or bi-annually and are covered by insurance. A co-pay may apply, depending on your plan.

We start by creating a personalized health plan for your future. That plan may include one or more of the following services.

We Monitor for Long-Term Effects of Cancer Treatment
Ongoing monitoring is so important because various issues may arise following cancer treatment. If a concern is identified, we may treat you at our clinic or refer you Duke Health specialists who also have expertise in cancer survivorship, such as:

  • Cardiologists
  • Dietitians
  • Medical family therapists
  • Psychologists
  • Sexual health counselors
  • Fertility specialists
  • Exercise physiologists
  • Genetic counselors
  • Physical rehabilitation specialists
  • Smoking cessation specialists

We Address Psychosocial Concerns
Psychosocial, emotional, and psychological concerns are common among cancer survivors and their caregivers following treatment. We evaluate you and connect you or your loved ones with a medical family therapist, psychologist, or psychiatrist when needed.

We Perform Regular Cancer Screenings and Blood Tests
Regular cancer screenings and blood work will be performed to determine if your cancer has returned or to find other cancers that could develop. We may also recommend you or your loved ones participate in genetic testing and counseling so that you and your family better understand your individual cancer risk.

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We Discuss Healthy Behaviors
You may wish to participate in an exercise consultation to help you start a new exercise regimen or a nutritional consultation to help you adopt healthy eating habits. Our registered dietitians/nutritionists specialize in working with people with cancer during and after cancer treatment.  

We Connect You with Community Resources
We can connect you with an array of community resources to help you live your life to the fullest after cancer.

We Offer Opportunities to Participate in Research
As a comprehensive cancer center, our doctors and other researchers lead many types of research studies to better understand the impact of cancer on people during and after treatment. As a patient in our survivorship clinics, you may be eligible to participate in these studies. You can help our doctors make discoveries that could improve the cancer journey for future generations. 

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Cancer Survivor Support Programs for You and Your Caregivers

Treatments Overview

We offer a wide range of programs designed to help you and your caregivers cope with the challenges of cancer during treatment and beyond.

Therapy and Counseling

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Our medical family therapists provide individual, couples, and family therapy. They help you and your loved ones cope with the impact that cancer has on your lives. If needed, you may meet with a psychiatrist or psychologist as part of your treatment for emotional, psychological, and relational issues associated with a cancer diagnosis.

Sexual Health

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We offer therapy services that address the impact cancer treatment can have on sexual health and intimacy. We address concerns about sexual function, sexual feelings, intimacy, and changes in sexual health.

Speech Therapy and Swallow Therapy

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Our specialized speech-language pathologists know there’s more to survivorship than beating the cancer. We offer speech therapy services to treat long-term effects of cancer and treatment. We can help improve your ability to speak and swallow, address changes in taste, decrease jaw stiffness, and more.

Self-Image Services

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Self-image consultants at our Durham and Raleigh cancer center boutiques offer services and products to assist you with changes in body image experienced during cancer treatment and survivorship.

Child Life

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Our certified child life specialists work with children and teens to help them better understand and cope with serious illnesses in the family. Education and supportive activities can reduce the stress experienced by children and teens and make it easier for families to talk about the illness experience.

Cancer Support Services
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Learn about all of the cancer support services we offer to you and your loved ones. 

Monthly Support Groups

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Monthly, disease-specific support groups, support groups for metastatic cancer, and general support groups are open to you, your family members, and children. These professionally-facilitated support groups offer opportunities to share your experiences, gather information and resources, and participate in educational programs.

Mind, Body Approaches to Coping with Cancer

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Mindfulness can be a powerful tool to help you manage the stress that can accompany life after cancer. Through these classes, you and your caregivers will focus on the breath and being in the present moment. This will help you learn how to respond, rather than react to life’s stressors.

Yoga for Cancer

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Our certified Yoga for Cancer instructor leads a class designed specifically for cancer patients and survivors. You’ll practice movements that increase flexibility, strength, balance, and breathing to avoid lymphatic fluid accumulation. The class is also designed to help manage side effects and improve overall mental and physical well-being.

Massage Therapy

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A specially trained massage therapist can design a session that takes into consideration anything you are experiencing, such as side effects from chemotherapy or radiation treatments, pain medications, surgery, and your level of comfort. This can be beneficial for people going through treatment and after treatment.

Tai Chi for Cancer

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Our virtual Tai Chi (TIE-CHEE) class leads you through flowing movements performed in a slow and focused manner, that are accompanied by deep breathing. Tai Chi, often referred to as meditation in motion, has evolved into a graceful self-paced form of exercise used for stress reduction and other health conditions. Due to its low impact nature, there is minimal stress on the joints, making it generally safe for all fitness levels.

Best Cancer Hospital in North Carolina

Where you receive your cancer care is important. Duke University Hospital is proud of our team and the exceptional care they provide. They are why our cancer program is nationally ranked, and the highest-ranked program in North Carolina, according to U.S. News & World Report for 2023–2024.

This page was medically reviewed on 07/01/2021