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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

Second Monday of every other month (January, March, May, July, September, November)
Virginia G. Piper Cancer Center
First floor conference room

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. Plus, we'll introduce you to the resources we have to help you through the challenges ahead. Representatives from the American Society for Hair Loss, Genetic Counseling, Exercise Therapy and the Mind, Body Spirit Program are featured throughout the session.

Cost: Free

Register online or call 480-882-4636.

Non Hodgkin's Lymphoma Support Group

Second Thursday of every month, 6-8 p.m.
Virginia G. Piper Cancer Center
First floor conference room

This group is open to men and women diagnosed with this blood cancer, whether you're newly diagnosed or living with and through treatments. This group is a safe environment where you can share questions and feelings, and gain valuable information. You'll learn from exceptional speakers who contribute to the group on a quarterly basis. Family members, caregivers and/or close friends are welcome, too. Peer-facilitated.

Cost: Free

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

Living With Lymphedema Support Group

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

This monthly interactive and informative class focuses on lymphedema maintenance and education. Guest lecturers and specialists are featured each month, along with interactive sessions on your specific questions and concerns. Facilitator: Christy Kim.

Cost: Free

Space is limited, and registration is required. Register online or call 480-323-1100 (select option #5).

Cancer Survivors Support Group

First Wednesday of the month: 5:30-6:30 p.m.
2nd Monday of the month
First floor conference room

Many individuals today are surviving and living longer with a cancer diagnosis. The time after initial treatment ends can bring new challenges and stresses. This support group is for those living with a cancer diagnosis and who have completed initial treatment. The group provides an open forum for sharing and learning new coping strategies for living a full life. Facilitator: VGPCC Social Worker Gerrie Jakobs, LCSW. Walk-in program.

Cost: Free

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

Breast Cancer Support Group

Second Saturday of every month, 10 a.m.-noon
Virginia G. Piper Cancer Center
First floor conference room

This group lovingly helps breast cancer survivors wherever they are on the path of treatment or survivorship. Group members listen to your story with gentle hearts while sharing their own stories, knowledge and inspirations. Peer-facilitated. Walk-in program.

Cost: Free

For more information 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
First floor 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

Here you'll find support in a confidential environment to help you cope with a loss. Topics include dealing with loneliness, understanding the grieving process, adjusting to life without your loved one, taking next steps, finding meaning and reinvesting in life. Facilitator: Hospice of the Valley Bereavement Counselor Ann Hamlin. Walk-in program.

Cost: Free

For more information call 480-323-1321.

Support for People with Oral, Head and Neck Cancer (SPOHNC)

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

A monthly support group offering information, support and encouragement to newly diagnosed patients, survivors, family members and friends. Facilitator: Chris Henderson.

Cost: Free

For more information or to RSVP, call 480-323-3214.

Pancreatic Cancer Support Group

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

Living with a pancreatic cancer diagnosis brings a unique set of challenges for both patients and families. This monthly sharing group brings in guest speakers to cover relevant topics. The group also provides a time for sharing and learning new skills. Open to patients and family members. Facilitated by VGPCC Social Worker Gerrie Jakobs, LCSW and Susan Yee, RN, BSN, OCN, pancreatic nurse coordinator, Clinical Trials Program. Walk-in program.

Cost: Free

For more information, call 480-323-1321.