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Support Services

The Duke Raleigh Cancer Center offers first-rate treatment for many forms of cancer. However, we also understand that fighting cancer takes more than the right combination of treatment.

For that reason, we offer a range of support services to help our patients get through this difficult disease:

Patient Navigator

Making your way through the complex steps of cancer care can be nearly as bewildering and stressful as the disease itself. With a comprehensive array of diagnostic and treatment services under one roof, Duke Raleigh Cancer Center helps simplify the process of getting cancer care.

We’ve also developed a distinctive personal approach to helping cancer patients meet the challenges they face: the patient navigator. From preliminary diagnosis to post-regimen check-ups, your Duke Raleigh Cancer Center patient navigator is your partner throughout your treatment.

Highly trained in all aspects of cancer care, your navigator works to simplify your life at every phase by making the arrangements for your diagnostic studies, treatments, and follow-up services.

Your patient navigator makes the appropriate referrals and appointments, distributes information among your caregivers, and follows up on every detail so that you can be assured you’re getting the best care possible and focus your energies on your recovery.

For more information about our patient navigator program, read Helping Patients Navigate Through Cancer (PDF, 812 KB) as seen in Healthy Focus Magazine.

Integrative Medicine

Integrative medicine is an emerging way of practicing medicine that seeks to combine the best of safe, evidence-based conventional and complementary therapies to treat the whole patient -- body, mind, spirit, and environment.

As applied to hematology and oncology, this means looking beyond the conventional modalities of surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation to treat patients with hematologic or malignant disorders.

Some categories of integrative oncology include nutrition; mind-body therapies such as meditation, medical hypnotherapy, and support groups; and manipulative treatments like massage therapy and acupuncture.

Some of these offerings available at the Duke Raleigh Cancer Center include:

  • Individual and family counseling
  • Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction: An eight-week course based on the teachings of Jon Kabat-Zinn that teaches meditation and mindfulness as a way to relieve stress and improve emotional well-being
  • Integrative oncology consults and medical hypnotherapy: Offered by Sharon Taylor, MD, for symptom management related to cancer and its treatments
  • The Wellness Center: Including aerobic exercise, yoga, Pilates, and nutritional advice

Patients are referred to outside consultants for acupuncture when appropriate.

Support Groups

  • Cancer Support Group: Duke Raleigh Cancer Center offers a monthly support group for patients living with cancer. The group is open to patients with any type of cancer, and patients may bring a family member if they choose.
  • Breast Cancer Support Group: Duke Raleigh Cancer Center’s breast cancer support group provides a place where patients can meet others going through similar experiences and can enjoy support and camaraderie.
  • Look Good, Feel Better: This support groups works with female cancer patients to improve their appearance and self-confidence. Many patients comment on the marked improvement in their emotional and physical health once they felt like they looked “normal.”
  • Gynecologic Oncology Support Group: This group offers a compassionate and understanding place for patients with gynecologic cancer to discuss their experiences and find support through others.
  • Self-Hypnosis Training for Cancer Patients: Patients learn how to use self-hypnosis to help in managing illness and symptoms, reducing pain and stress, controlling the side effects of medications and radiation therapies, and generally enhancing quality of life. This four-week course is available free of charge for cancer patients.

Spiritual Care Services

Services are available to patients, families, caregivers, physicians, and staff members who seek spiritual care and support as well as coordination of bereavement and decedent care.

Learn more about spiritual care services at Duke Raleigh Hospital.

Nutritional Support

Nutrition consults are encouraged for all newly diagnosed patients or others who wish to improve their health. Learn more about nutritional support services at Duke Raleigh Hospital.

Genetic Counselors

Duke Raleigh Cancer Center offers cancer genetic counseling for individuals at risk of cancer running in their families.

Adam Buchanan, a certified genetic counselor with the Duke Hereditary Cancer Clinic, is available at the Duke Raleigh Cancer Center two days per month to meet with those who are concerned that their cancer might be hereditary or those without cancer who have several relatives with cancer.

Cancer-related genetic counseling is appropriate for people who have been diagnosed with cancer at an early age, people who have had multiple cancers, and those with multiple relatives with cancer. Learn more about hereditary cancer services at Duke.

Individuals interested in genetic counseling at Duke Raleigh Cancer Center can call 919-954-3096.