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.
Kristi Elder lived cancer free for 12 years after treatments in her mid-20s for a rare cancer. While coming to Penn for routine follow-up, a staff member recognized that Kristi could benefit from our survivorship program. In Kristi's first visit with our Living Well after Cancer program, she and the Director, Linda Jacobs, PhD, CRNP, simply talked for over an hour about her life. Kristi received personal counseling and referrals to specialists to deal with specific side effects from her cancer treatment. This past year, Kristi was again diagnosed with the same form of cancer. Her physician at Penn has enrolled her in a clinical trial, and she credits the Living Well After Cancer program with bringing her to a place emotionally and physically where she can handle this recurrence and be hopeful about the future.
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