The Abramson Cancer Center hosts a wide range of materials and activities that provide education and support to address key areas of concern for cancer patients and their loved ones. We are proud that many of our innovative patient education programs have been recognized by national groups, including the National Cancer Institute's Cancer Patient Education Network.
Our educational materials and support activities help people deal with the physical and emotional consequences of a cancer diagnosis and treatment. They also assist patients and families to resume active lives after treatment.
Our support group meetings provide information on topics of interest. We also provide a supportive environment where patients and families can share experiences, gain insights, and learn ways of coping with the uncertainty and changes that occur during the cancer experience.
The Cancer Center offers a variety of classes, brochures, booklets, videos, workshops and conferences that provide information that will help patients and families cope with the cancer experience. These educational materials and events provide you and your family with the latest information on:
A large and diverse staff from the Cancer Center, including advanced practice nurses, social workers, counselors, patient support specialists, nutritionists and physical therapists facilitate these programs. Guest lecturers from the Cancer Center including physicians and other members of the treatment team, as well as outside experts, are also invited to provide additional information and expertise. In addition, a significant source of help comes from being with other people who are coping with the same problems and issues.
By the age of seven, Tanya Zekovitch already understood what it was like to be a cancer patient after being treated for Ewing's Sarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer. So when she was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia in the summer of 2000, when she was still only in her early 20's, she felt lucky to find that Penn's Abramson Cancer Center offered patient support specialits and counselors to help patients cope with their diagnosis, not only to navigate the medical system, but also to address their emotional needs. Having benefited from counseling services when she was treated as a child, Tanya found Mindy Weismer, a Patient Service Coordinator, and they quickly developed a close relationship.
Peter O'Dwyer, MD, professor of Hematology-Oncology and program director of Development Therapeutics in the Abramson Cancer Center, was interviewed on NBC10's 10! Show about Penn's work as part of the Stand Up to Cancer Dream Team... Read more