Support Services

The Kidney Cancer Program at UT Southwestern Medical Center offers a range of comprehensive support services to patients and families who have or have had kidney cancer. We want to help patients and their families through treatment and what can be a very confusing time in their lives. We have specialists in cancer psychology, oncology nutrition, social work, transitional care coordination, spiritual support, and integrative therapy practitioners.

More than just a place to be treated, the Kidney Cancer Program is a community of patients, family members, physicians, and researchers. We gather annually for a scientific and community event.

Our Kidney Cancer Program Patient Council orchestrates activities and support groups for patients and family members.

Our supportive services include:

Patient Advocates
Patients like yourself who are able to meet with you and to share their experience with you.

Cancer psychology
Meet with a licensed clinical psychologist who is specially trained to help cancer patients.

EMBRACE Survivorship
Our series of 10 seminars addresses some important themes during and after care, including family relationships, exercise, and fear of recurrence.

Integrative therapies
Activities that include 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 return 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.

Pharmacy contact
Our pharmacists are also an important patient resource, serving as consultants, informing patients of potential drug side-effects and drug interactions, and following up with patients.

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 to home.