AML Support Services

Support Services

At the Abramson Cancer Center, we understand any cancer diagnosis is difficult and can be devastating.

We are committed to treating you as an individual - not just your cancer. This means supportive programs and services for you and your family that can help you deal with your diagnosis and treatment, navigate your care, and complement your cancer treatment plan.

Integrative Oncology Services

Integrative oncology services can supplement traditional cancer treatments such as chemotherapy, surgery and radiation therapy.

While conventional medicine plays a critical role in eradicating cancer, integrative medicine and wellness programs can offer you ways to enhance the quality of your life, minimize or reduce the side effects of cancer and cancer treatment, and promote healing and recovery.

We have a wide range of supportive services including:

  • Diet and nutrition counseling
  • Mindfulness-based stress reduction therapy
  • Reiki therapy
  • Yoga
  • Exercise and rehabilitation
  • Music therapy
  • Art therapy
  • Shiatsu therapy
  • Mindfulness meditation

Education Programs

The Ellen and Ronald L. Caplan Patient Education Center

The Ellen and Ronald L. Caplan Patient Education Center provides educational tools to help patients and families become powerful partners in their care.

The Center is located in The Ruth and Raymond Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine, Abramson Cancer Center West Pavilion, 1st Floor (past the Faith & Hope Boutique).

The Caplan Center offers the following cancer resources:

  • Computers with Internet access to find online cancer information
  • Access to web-based resources, like OncoLink®, the ACC’s cancer resource on the web
  • Library of medical journals and books
  • Online videos with the latest medical information
  • Booklets for all cancer types
  • Flat screen television
  • Portable gaming systems

Focus On Cancer Conferences

The Abramson Cancer Center provides a series of disease-specific conferences to educate patients on their particular diagnosis. Focus On Cancer conferences address issues of survivorship and long-term care including:

  • Treatment advances
  • Research efforts
  • Clinical trials
  • Symptom management
  • Complementary approaches 
  • Psychosocial issues

To learn more about this conference series, call 800-789-7366 (PENN) or view past conference information below.

Support Groups

Hematology Oncology Support Group

For patients, families, and friends of patients living with a blood cancer diagnosis.

This group is a safe space to discuss emotional concerns, challenges, triumphs, resources, and coping.

Pre-registration for this free program is required. For more information please call 215-614-0651.

Caring for the Caregiver

The group provides tips, information, and support to people with cancer, their family and friends.

Registration is not required. For more information please call 215-614-0651.

Young Adult Cancer Support Group

This group is for people who have been diagnosed with cancer and aged 18 to 40.

Registration is required. For more information please call 215-614-0651.

Look Good...Feel Better Workshop

This free program from the American Cancer Society teaches beauty techniques to women who are actively undergoing cancer treatment to help them combat the appearance-related side effects of radiation and chemotherapy.

Licensed cosmetologists who have been specially trained teach classes. Each woman practices techniques using products donated by the cosmetics industry.

To register, please call the American Cancer Society National Call Center 800-227-2345.

Palliative Care at Penn Medicine

Palliative care provides medical and non-medical interventions to ease the symptoms of cancer and its treatment. Palliative care includes physical, emotional and spiritual care that can enhance the quality of life for cancer patients.

Palliative care can be used to complement traditional cancer therapies, or can be used when curative therapies are no longer an option to treat symptoms and improve quality of life.

Penn Home Care and Hospice Services

Penn Home Care and Hospice Services offers a full range of home health care needs by partnering three top-level home health care services under one roof:

  • Penn Wissahickon Hospice
  • Penn Care at Home
  • Penn Home Infusion Therapy