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.

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 ... read more Support

At Penn, our Comprehensive Cancer Programs provide the full spectrum of treatment and follow-up care. The goal of any cancer treatment is to eliminate the cancer and prevent or reduce the chance of recurrence in the future. The various types of cancer therapy may be used alone or in combinations, depending on the type of cancer as well as other factors, such as stage of tumor, and your medical condition. Your physicians will recommend the best combination of treatments for your individual condition and assist in making the choice that's right for you.

The various treatment approaches provided by our cancer specialists are described here. For more information about these treatments, visit OncoLink® and click on Read more Treatment

The Abramson Cancer Center of the University of Pennsylvania is committed to helping each cancer survivor find ways to enjoy life to the fullest. We have a nationally recognized program that focuses on the issues that survivors face, called "Living Well After Cancer™."

The LIVESTRONG™ Survivorship Center of Excellence, The Living Well After Cancer Program (LWAC) at the Abramson Cancer Center, directed by Linda A. Jacobs, PhD, RN, is a clinical, research, and education effort focused on early intervention and prevention of disease as the ultimate goal.

The multidisciplinary LWAC Program currently provides care and research opportunities to cancer survivors treated at Penn, the University of Pennsylvania Cancer Network hospitals, and through the Living Well ... read more Living Well

Survivor Stories

Todd Sheridan

Todd Sheridan's family members have always supported his love of hockey and were his biggest fan when his team won the Junior A National Championship. They again showed their deep devotion by bringing him to Penn for the best possible cancer care. Todd's physician at Penn diagnosed cancer of the tongue and neck, which had spread to his lymph nodes. A possible side effect raised by his physicians was nerve damage in his right arm, limiting the motion in his arm. Gregory Weinstein, M.D., his surgeon at Penn, performed the detailed surgery and was able to avoid that outcome. Three weeks after surgery, Todd was not only doing push-ups, but was practicing with his hockey team in Ontari. But his journey didn't end there. As a survivor, Todd talks personally about how cancer has had an impact on his life and how he was able to combine his experience and passions to benefit his community.




Spotlight

Watch Focus on Head and Neck Cancer Conference - Get information on the latest advances in head and neck cancer risk, prevention, diagnosis, treatment, symptom management and psychosocial issues.

Watch Focus on Thyroid Cancer Conference - Get information on the latest advances in thyroid cancer risk, prevention, diagnosis, treatment, symptom management and psychosocial issues.

Media Hub for Head and Neck Cancers - Watch Videos!

 

Oncolink's HPV: The Basics

Clinical Briefing: Sorafenib for Differentiated Thyroid Cancer

Transoral Robotic Surgery: New Developments in Head and Neck Cancer [PDF]



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