• Cancer Survivor Support Groups

    Your cancer journey doesn’t end when you complete your last treatment. Even as a survivor, you need support. While each person handles their cancer differently, most survivors agree on one thing—life changes after cancer.

    To help you and your family cope with the physical and emotional changes you’ll face after cancer treatment, the DeCesaris Cancer Institute offers many peer-to-peer educational and support programs.

    Head and Neck Support Group

    If you have been treated for head and neck cancer or a malignant tumor that has occurred in your head and neck region, you might benefit from this group. (This includes your oral cavity, your pharynx, paranasal sinuses and nasal cavity, larynx, thyroid and salivary glands, as well as lesions of the face, neck and cervical lymph nodes.) We also welcome caregivers of those with head and neck cancers. Participants of this peer-to-peer support group:

    • Share experiences, as well as give and receive support from others who have “walked in your shoes.”
    • Learn coping strategies for challenges you face with “the new normal.” This includes things like changes in face and neck appearance, dental problems, and changes in speech, sight, smell, chewing, swallowing and taste perception.
    • Attend on a drop-in basis. Come when you can for as long as you like.

    This group meets monthly and is led by two head and neck cancer survivors. Please call 443-481-5736 for more information.

    Prostate Cancer Support Group

    If you have cared for someone with prostate cancer or have been treated for prostate cancer yourself, you might benefit from this monthly, drop-in group led by two prostate cancer survivors. Here are a few reasons to join:

    • Camaraderie and support. You will feel less alone in your experience. Emotional support is critical to surviving and thriving during and after prostate cancer.
    • Group participants empower each other to face the challenges of a cancer journey, especially those presented in survivorship’s “new normal.” You can give and receive suggestions about dealing with side effects, resources and providers.
    • Learn coping strategies to deal with stress and to better adjust to your new normal.
    • Talk openly about your feelings and fears—even when the topic is sensitive and very personal. This support group is a safe, confidential place to share.

    Please call 443-481-5736 for more information.

    Lung Cancer Support Group

    If you are a lung cancer survivor or have cared for someone with lung cancer, this monthly, drop-in group led by two lung cancer survivors could be right for you. Here are a few reasons why connecting with others who understand your experience can help:

    • Get to know other lung cancer fighters and survivors. You are not alone in this and there’s no need for you to feel alone.
    • Hear about other survivors’ treatments, doctors, relationships, the anxiety of scans and living with lung cancer.
    • Connect to resources, providers and opportunities that will empower you to be your best advocate.

    Please call 443-481-5736 for more information.

    Lose It. LIVE It!

    As a breast cancer survivor, achieving a healthy weight will reduce your risk of recurrence and improve your quality of life. This 12-week weight loss program, led by a registered dietitian, will focus on teaching you to nourish your body through food selection, behavioral change and healthy lifestyle.

    Call 443-481-6263 for more information.

    Survivors Offering Support (SOS) Mentor Program

    If you’re a breast cancer survivor and would like to help another person going through breast cancer diagnosis and treatment, you can become a program mentor. We’ll match you with a patient and train you to provide non-medical information and emotional support.

    Read more about SOS Program successes.

    To start this process, please complete a Mentor Request form (PDF) and return it to the Rebecca Fortney Breast Center.