Support and Resources


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:

  • Your particular type of cancer
  • The latest advances in treating a particular cancer
  • What to expect during treatment
  • Strategies to manage the side effects of treatment
  • Living beyond the diagnosis of cancer

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.

Survivor Stories

Suzi F. Garber

Suzi F. Garber, of Reading, PA., a neuroendocrine tumor patient at the Abramson Cancer Center, writes about her experience so that others might benefit from her story and become proactive advocates for themselves and their loved ones.

For many years, I had been misdiagnosed as having irritable bowel syndrome. After I wound up in the emergency ward in intense pain, I had a battery of tests -- I had an ileal bowel obstruction. An octreotide scan showed spots in my liver which was subsequently biopsied and were positive for carcinoid cancer, Stage IV. I had been diagnosed with a rare cancer that both had metastasized and was inoperable at the time.




Spotlight

Stand Up to Cancer

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

Clinical Trials

Clinical trials are studies to find new ways to prevent, detect and treat cancer. The purpose of each clinical trial is to answer a specific question. Our physicians carefully design these studies to find new ways to improve care and quality of life ... more about clinical trials