Cancer Assistance and Resource Education Center

Cancer Assistance and Resource Education Center

The lettering on the glass entry doors identify the CARE Center. Visible in the background is the wood detail of an interior wall and a large floral display.

Comprehensive cancer care centered on you

Penn State Cancer Institute created the Cancer Assistance and Resource Education (CARE) Center to provide the support and education you need to navigate through treatment and beyond. It combines evidence-based medical treatments with supportive care to help you live your best life.

The CARE Model

The CARE Center’s welcoming, private environment provides the perfect setting for you and your support person to meet with your care team and discuss any challenges you might be experiencing. Coordinated across multiple areas of expertise, these whole-person care services help reduce stress, manage side effects and enhance recovery. 

  • Practical - finances, insurance, employment, education, housing and transportation
  • Family - individual, couple, family, parenting, caregiving and eldercare resources
  • Emotional - anxiety- and mood-related issues, stress and coping, grief and loss, patient and family support groups, and individual and group psychotherapy
  • Spiritual - chaplain and spiritual support
  • Physical - information and resources for disease and treatment-related side effects, nutrition and exercise programs, palliative medicine referrals and a self-service genetic screening kiosk
  • Complementary - whole-person care for the body, mind and spirit, including SurviveWELL and the Center Stage Arts in Health program
  • Educational - health- and treatment-related information, including web-based conferencing and patient-friendly kiosks

The Referral and Appointment Process

You can easily access CARE Center resources through self-referral or with a direct referral from your provider or another care team member. Located on the second floor of the Cancer Institute, the center can accommodate patients on a walk-in basis or by in-person and virtual appointments.

Contact Us

1-888-531-6585, option 4
400 University Drive
Hershey, PA 17033

Hours of Operation

Monday through Friday

8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.