Support Services for Pancreatic Cancer
Living with pancreatic cancer or getting back to your life after treatment can be challenging. As cancer specialists, we want to make sure we address your unique needs at every point in your cancer journey.
Our multidisciplinary Pancreatic Cancer Program partners closely with PanCan, a nationwide organization whose mission is to advance pancreatic cancer research and provide hope to patients and their families. This partnership has led to the development of patient and caregiver sessions, which offer an array of support services from Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center and PanCan.
The session is led by our social worker and dietician, Catherine Creuder and Kelley Wissinger, and a Dallas/Fort Worth PanCan affiliate volunteer.
Patients and their loved ones may receive written materials from PanCan, targeted resources that specifically pertain to each patient's unique cancer journey, and opportunities to connect with other patients and their families.
These powerful sessions have been well received by our patients, and we strongly encourage you to participate in one or learn more about them.
We have a specially trained supportive services staff available to meet with you and your family during and after care, as well as a range of therapies and activities to help you through treatment for pancreatic cancer and beyond.
Our supportive services include:
- Cancer psychology
- Meet with a licensed clinical psychologist who is specially trained to help cancer patients.
- EMBRACE Survivorship
- A series of 10 seminars to address some important themes during and after care, including family relationships, exercise, fear of recurrence, and stress management.
- Integrative therapies
- Activities including art therapy and expressive writing are designed to improve your well-being and quality of life during and after cancer treatment.
- Oncology nutrition
- A dietitian will help you make informed food choices that are best for your health at various stages of cancer treatment and beyond.
- Oncology rehabilitation
- Cancer rehabilitation specialists will help you maintain functional independence or returning you to independence.
- Oncology social work
- Social workers trained to work with cancer patients are available to assist with any of the challenges you may be facing during or after treatment.
- Spiritual support
- Our chaplains provide interfaith support for you, your caregiver, and your family.
- Support groups and classes
- Meeting with others in similar situations can be helpful and cathartic.
- Transitional care coordination
- Get help as you transition between care settings, such as from a hospital admission to home.
- Treatment side-effect management
- We can refer our patients to UT Southwestern palliative care and pain management experts when needed.
To contact members of our support team, please call 214-645-HOPE (4673) or 866-460-HOPE (4673).