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.


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