The need for both education and support is universal although the specific needs of each person differ. The DeCesaris Cancer Institute provides a variety of professionally facilitated educational and support programs for patients, survivors and their loved ones.
Pillars4Life Online Skill Building Program - This is a nine week ONLINE psychoeducational program focused on integrating powerful self-care practices into daily life. It is for anyone affected by cancer including family caregivers, professional caregivers, those diagnosed and going through treatment, survivors with no evidence of disease and those with metastatic cancer. All are welcome. Contact 443-481-4289 more information.
Look Good ... Feel Better - A program provided by the American Cancer Society with skin care, make-up, and other beauty tips for individuals diagnosed with cancer. For more information contact Shannon Selzer, 410-721-4304, Option 3.
Becoming Smoke-Free - Sessions cover issues related to maintaining a smoke-free lifestyle. Some topics include quitting smoking without gaining weight, managing stress, and dealing with other smokers. Contact 443-481-5366 for class dates and times.
For those affected by Breast Cancer:
Gear Up: A Pre-Surgical Orientation Program for Breast Cancer Patients - Offered the second and fourth Thursday of every month from 11 am to 1 pm, 7th Floor, Belcher Pavilion. The workshop includes tips on anxiety management, education about what to expect on surgery day and information on lymphedema, including taking baseline arm measurements. To register please call 443-481-4289.
Survivors Offering Support (SOS) Mentor Program - For those who would like to speak with someone who has already been through breast cancer diagnosis and treatment. You can be paired with a trained volunteer for “buddy support.” Survivors provide non-medical information and emotional support. To initiate this process, please complete a Mentor Request form and return it to the Center.
Forward After Cancer - This is an evidence based 6-session psychoeducational group for individuals who have completed breast cancer treatment. The focus is on moving back into life without cancer. Sessions focus on healthy life style, anxiety management, coping with fear of recurrence, and communicating with your healthcare team. This program is offered periodically throughout the year. Please contact AAMC’s Breast Center social work Counselor at 443-481-4289 for more information.
Lose It. LIVE It! - This is an evidenced based 12-week weight loss program for Breast Cancer Survivors led by a Registered Dietitian. The program focuses on nourishing your body through food selection, behavioral change, and healthy lifestyle. Each participant is challenged to achieve a healthy weight to reduce risk of recurrence and improve quality of life. Contact 410-353-6012 for more information.
For those affected by Head & Neck Cancer:
Head & Neck Support Group - 1st Tuesday, 6-7 pm Donner Pavilion, 1st Floor Contact: Jacqueline Shanahan, 443-481-5801.
Coach to - A program of the American Cancer Society. Coaches are trained volunteers who are head and neck cancer survivors. They provide information and emotional support to newly diagnosed cancer patients as they navigate the cancer experience. To become a coach or to be matched with a coach, contact Amy Tissiere, 443-481-5830.
For those affected by Lung Cancer:
Lung Cancer Support Group - 4th Tuesday, 6-7 pm Doordan Institute, Belcher Pavilion, 7th Floor Contact: Amy Tissiere, 443-481-5830 or Teresa Putscher, 443-481-5881.
For those affected by Prostate Cancer:
AAMC Prostate Support Group - 1st Monday, 6:30-7:30 pm Doordan Institute, Belcher Pavilion, 7th Floor Contact: Jackie Shanahan, 443-481-5801.
Coach to - A program of the American Cancer Society. Coaches are trained volunteers who are cancer survivors. They provide information and emotional support to newly diagnosed cancer prostate cancer patients as they navigate the cancer experience. To become a coach or to be matched with a coach, contact Amy Tissiere, 443-481-5839.