Published: Aug. 22, 2011
Updated: Mar. 21, 2012
The following is a guide to resources that can assist patients and their families throughout the cancer experience. This resource list is compiled and updated by the Duke Center for Cancer Survivorship.
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The Duke Cancer Patient Education Program uses a multimedia approach, including the Resource Center, patient education notebooks, and a variety of other educational offerings to assist patients and families in understanding their options, making decisions, managing the effects of cancer and its treatment, and finding meaning in the experience. Call 919-613-6275 for more information.
The program provides support services to help patients and their loved ones cope with the impact of cancer on their lives. The program offers continued support throughout the cancer experience. Services include:
All services are provided at no charge to patients and their families. Call 919.684.4497 or visit Cancer Patient Support for more information.
The financial care counselors can assist with identifying financial assistance programs, filling out applications for government-sponsored programs, and describing monthly payment plans. For more information contact:
The Hereditary Cancer Clinic offers cancer risk assessment and education to patients with cancer and people with a family history of cancer or other cancer risk factors. Call 919.684.3181 with questions or to make an appointment.
Through group and individual counseling sessions, the clinical dietitian helps patients meet their nutritional needs and make decisions about healthy lifestyle choices and weight management.
Medical interpreter services are available through the International Patient Center. Call 919.681.3007.
This program assists inpatient adults with cancer and their families in adjusting to illness, treatment, and hospitalization. Recreational therapy treatment intervention and general recreational activities and resources are offered. Call 919.681.2928 or visit Oncology Recreation Therapy for more information.
Oncology social workers help patients and their loved ones cope with the emotional and practical concerns that accompany the diagnosis and treatment of cancer. Individual, family, and group consultations are available to both inpatients and outpatients. To request a consultation, please speak with your doctor, nurse, or other health care professional, or call 919.681.4722.
Offered every Tuesday and Thursday from 10:00 until 11:00 a.m. in Room 2993 on the second floor of Duke Clinic. Call 919.613.6275 with questions or to make an appointment.
Duke chaplains offer spiritual support to patients and families. A chaplain will contact representatives of specific faiths in the community if desired. To learn more, call 919.684.3586 or visit pastoral services.
The center houses a lending library with books, videotapes, audiotapes, periodicals, and free brochures and serves patients with cancer and their families throughout the cancer experience. The center is located on the main level (0) of the Duke Cancer Center. For more information, call 919.684.6955.
Counseling is offered in the outpatient Oncology Treatment Center daily by a pharmacist who can review treatment regimens, side effects, and medication reconciliation, as well as forward prescriptions to the outpatient pharmacy for processing. Pharmacists are also available to discuss treatment regimens and side-effect management with patients admitted to the hospital. If you have questions, ask your nurse to contact the unit’s clinical pharmacist. For more information, call 919.684.9563.
Duke offers a wide variety of outpatient (ambulatory) physical and occupational therapy services, including a lymphedema management program for patients with breast cancer. For general information about Duke’s outpatient services, please call 919.684.2445.
While in the hospital, trained nurses specializing in stress and pain management are available to help patients learn how to manage stress and pain that can impact other symptoms of illness. The nurse or doctor can request a consult, or patients may call 919.681.2560.
The Teer House offers a wide range of educational programs and activities to patients, families, and the community throughout the year, with a focus on women’s health and family health issues. To learn more, call 919.477.2644 or see a list of upcoming events a the Teer House.
Cornucopia House offers free classes on complementary therapies including nutrition, herbal supplements, yoga, caregiving skills, and more. The Cornucopia House also offers support groups, massages, and a wide variety of helpful services. For more information, call 919.401.9333 or visit cancersupport4u.org.