In 2009, the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center (UNC-LCCC) and North Carolina Cancer Hospital created the Comprehensive Cancer Support Program (CCSP) to provide a wide range of services to ease the burden of cancer and its treatment. The CCSP is an umbrella organization for UNC cancer support programs and includes the following: educational and counseling services, physical and psychosocial symptom management, inpatient and outpatient psychiatric consultation, nutrition services, integrative medicine, support groups, survivorship programs, and caregiver initiatives. Within the CCSP, educators and clinicians with broad and deep expertise work together to provide robust support for patients and their families during the cancer journey.
The CCSP operates at two main sites:
- the NC Cancer Hospital (inpatient units; radiation oncology; multidisciplinary clinic; and outpatient infusion); and
- Carolina Pointe 2, an outpatient clinic located 15 minutes from the main campus.
In addition to providing direct clinical services to patients, the CCSP is dedicated to UNC’s educational mission. We offer specialty training in psychosocial-oncology for psychiatrists, psychologists, nurses and social workers. The CCSP also conducts several research programs including treatment of depression in patients with cancer; implementation of cancer survivorship treatment summaries and care plans; use of telemedicine to train oncology clinicians, and care-giving needs of patients living with advanced cancer.