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Cancer Support Groups

When you're fighting cancer, you might feel depressed, worn down and alone.

We understand. Healing doesn't just happen physically. It needs to happen emotionally as well. At the Virginia G. Piper Cancer Center, a variety of caring support groups provide an environment for emotional healing, strength and renewal.

As a participant, you'll receive valuable information, encouragement and may even make a few new friends along the way.

Facing Forward

First Monday of every other month (January, March, May, July, September, November), 4:30 –6:30 p.m.
Virginia G. Piper Cancer Center
Suite 301 (3rd Floor)

Whether you're facing surgery, chemotherapy or radiation therapy, you'll experience many physical and mental changes. Facing Forward, designed for women undergoing cancer treatment, can help. We'll show you how to manage the physical aspects of treatment to your body, skin, and hair. We will introduce you to the resources we have to help you through the challenges ahead. Meet oncology-certified Estheticians that will demonstrate skin care and makeup application, representatives from National Hair Loss, and many other Virginia G. Piper Cancer Center programs that may be featured throughout the session. This is a one-time class offered every other month.

Cost: Free

Register online or call 623-580-5800.

Lymphedema Support Group

Fourth Monday of the month, 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Virginia G. Piper Cancer Center
Suite 301 (3rd Floor)

This group is for those living with lymphedema. Guest lecturers and specialists will be featured each month along with interactive sessions on your specific questions and concerns. Facilitators: VGPCC Lymphedema Therapists Christy Kim, PT, MSPT, CLT-LANA and Jennifer Klaine, MS, OTR/L, LCT-LANA

Cost: Free

Space is limited, and registration is required.Call 480-323-1100 (select option #5) to register.

Breast Cancer Support Group

Second Wednesday of every month, 12:00 – 1:30 p.m.
Virginia G. Piper Cancer Center
Suite 301 (3rd Floor)

Bring your lunch and join us for support while meeting other women who have experienced a breast cancer diagnosis and treatment. Guest speakers on topics of interest will be offered every other month. Facilitated by VGPCC Social Worker Gerrie Jakobs, MA, LCSW and Oncology Nurse Navigator Dawn Bassett, RN, MSN, OCN.

Cost: Free

Registration is required. Call 480-323-1321.

View additional breast cancer support groups and activities offered through our Breast Health and Research Center.

Caregiver and Family Support Group

Third Wednesday of the month, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Virginia G. Piper Cancer Center
Suite 206 Conference Room.

Supporting a loved one through their cancer journey, whether you're a direct caregiver or a family member, brings its own unique set of challenges. Share your concerns and learn coping strategies in a safe environment. Facilitator: VGPCC Social Worker Gerrie Jakobs, LCSW. Walk-in program.

Cost: Free

For more information, please contact Gerrie Jakobs at 480-323-1321.

Grief Support Group

Second and fourth Tuesdays of the month, 3-4:30 p.m.
Virginia G. Piper Cancer Center
First floor conference room

Coping with loss is discussed in a supportive and confidential environment. Topics include dealing with loneliness, the grieving process, adjusting to life without the loved one. Facilitator: Hospice of the Valley Bereavement Counselor, Ann Hamlin, M.C. Walk-in program.

Cost: Free

For more information call 480-323-1321.

SPOHNC-Oral, Head and Neck Cancer Support Group

Third Thursday of the month, 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Virginia G. Piper Cancer Center
First floor conference room

This monthly support group offers education and support to newly diagnosed patients with oral, head and neck cancers. Most meetings feature a guest speaker. Survivors, family members and friends are also welcome. Facilitator: HonorHealth Speech Pathologist Chris Henderson, MCD, CCC-SLP

Cost: Free

Registration is required. Call 480-323-3214.

Pancreatic Cancer Support Group

Second Tuesday of the month, 4 - 5:30 p.m.
Bisgrove Research Pavilion (across the street from the Virginia G. Piper Cancer Center)
Third floor conference room

This supportive group will feature guest speakers on topics of interest and time for encouragement and support. Open to patients and family members. Facilitators: VGPCC Social Worker Gerrie Jakobs, MA, LCSW, and Research Institute Pancreatic Nurse Navigators Susan Yee, RN, BSN, OCN, and Lana Caldwell, RN, MSN, OCN .

Cost: Free

Registration is required. Call 480-323-1321.

GYN Cancer Support Group

Third Tuesday of the month, 4 - 5:30 p.m.
Virginia G. Piper Cancer Center
Suite 301 (3rd Floor).

Suite 301 (3rd Floor) This support group is for women who have been diagnosed with a gynecologic cancer. Learn new coping skills and share support. Guest speakers featured every other month. Facilitators: VGPCC Social Worker Gerrie Jakobs, MA, LCSW and Courtney Snyder, MS, ACNP-BC, Research Institute Clinical Trials Nurse Practitioner.

Cost: Free

Registration is required, call 480-323-1321.

Leukemia and Lymphoma Support Group

Fourth Wednesday of the month, 5:00 – 6:30 p.m.
Virginia G. Piper Cancer Center
Suite 301 (3rd Floor).

Support for those living with a diagnosis of leukemia or one of the many types of lymphomas. Guest speakers will be featured every other month. Facilitators: VGPCC Social Worker Gerrie Jakobs, MA, LCSW, and Steve Dahlstrom, RN Coordinator, HonorHealth Transplant Institute.

Cost: Free

Registration is required, call 480-323-1321.