Pancreatic Cancer

Pancreatic Cancer Support Services

Appointment New Patient Appointment or 214-645-8300

Living with pancreatic cancer or getting back to normal life after treatment can be challenging. As cancer specialists, we want to make sure we address each patient’s unique needs at every point in the cancer journey. 

At UT Southwestern Medical Center, we offer two different ways to receive support: through our partnership with the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (PanCAN), a nationwide organization whose mission is to advance pancreatic cancer research and provide hope to patients and their families, and through our own supportive services program on campus. 

Our partnership with PanCAN has led to the development of resource-rich patient and caregiver sessions led by UTSW social worker Catherine Creuder, UTSW dietitian Kelley Wissinger, and a Dallas/Fort Worth PanCAN affiliate volunteer.  

Patients and their loved ones might 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 our patients to participate in one or learn more about them. 

Supportive Services

UT Southwestern also has a specially trained supportive services staff available to meet with patients and their families during and after care, as well as a range of therapies and activities to help patients 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 patients with cancer. 
  • EMBRACE Survivorship: EMBRACE is a half-day survivorship symposium designed to assist patients and their families with physical, emotional, and practical issues that can arise during the cancer journey.
  • Integrative therapies: Activities such as art therapy and expressive writing are designed to improve well-being and quality of life during and after cancer treatment.
  • Oncology nutrition: Our dietitians help patients make informed food choices that are best for their health at various stages of cancer treatment and beyond. 
  • Oncology rehabilitation: Cancer rehabilitation specialists help patients maintain or return to functional independence.
  • Oncology social work: Social workers trained to work with patients who have cancer are available to assist with any of the challenges they face during or after treatment.
  • Spiritual support: Our chaplains provide interfaith support for patients, caregivers, and families. 
  • Support groups and classes: Meeting with others in similar situations can be helpful and cathartic. 
  • Transitional care coordination: Get help transitioning between care settings, such as from the hospital to home. 
  • Treatment side-effect management: We can refer our patients to UT Southwestern palliative care and pain management experts when needed.