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Support Groups

Monthly Calendar of Support Groups (pdf)
Patient Support Groups 
Peer Partners Program

Programs Open to All Patients, Survivors, and Caregivers
Patient Counseling and Social Services Team
Psychiatric Services

JustWriteGroupSupport groups provide a unique opportunity for patients with specific cancer types to talk and learn more about treatment options, improve quality of life, and make friends.

Winship Cancer Institute hosts cancer-specific and topical support groups throughout each month on the Emory campus. These groups are facilitated by licensed social workers, registered nurses, and other professionals. More information on our support groups appears below.

What are the advantages of participating in a support group?

  • Provides a connection in an experience that can feel isolating
  • Provides support during difficult times
  • Provides information and coping skills
  • Makes people feel less helpless about themselves and others because they are able to help others
  • Offers tips that only cancer survivors can provide
  • Allows powerful emotions to be shared

A national survey of The Wellness Community support group participants revealed:

  • 88% feel less alone
  • 87% are happier because they are in a group
  • 83% believe they have improved
  • 82% gain hope
  • 75% strengthened their will to live
  • 72% believe the relationship with their loved one(s) was helped

Contact the Emory Winship Social Services Team at (404) 778-5933. Programs are open to Patients, Caregivers, Family Members & Friends at no charge unless otherwise noted.

Support Groups and Programs

BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT GROUP
Meets 4th Tuesday of each month.
Location: Winship Building C, Patient Resource Center's Conference Room, C1166B
Facilitator: Pamela Randall, MDiv
RSVP appreciated to Pam at (404) 778-4691

BONE MARROW/STEM CELL TRANSPLANT SUPPORT GROUP
Meets 4th Wednesday of each month in room C1166B
This group is for patients and their caregivers before and after transplant to share experiences and  receive understanding and information.
Facilitator: Alice Mullins, LCSW
RSVP appreciated to Alice Mullins (404) 778-5559

BOWLING
Meets on the 2nd Wednesday of each month.
Facilitator: Hilary Cohen
RSVP to Hilary at (404) 778-5535
BRAIN TUMOR SUPPORT GROUP
Meets the 1st Thursday of each month
Time: 12:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Facilitator: Karen Shires, RN, OCN
Location: Emory Clinic Building B, Conference Room B2200
Free Parking. Light Lunch will be provided.
RSVP required. Call Maxine Brown at (404) 778-3091.
BREAST CANCER EDUCATION CLASS - for newly diagnosed
Meetings are weekly on Tuesday from 10 AM - 12 Noon.
Education and information for newly diagnosed breast cancer patients. Flyer (pdf)
Registration required. Call Mary Brookhart (404) 778-PINK (7465) Option #3 to register and for location and details.
BREAST CANCER SUPPORT GROUP FOR YOUNG WOMEN
Intended for patient/survivor-only participation - Caregivers are invited quarterly.
Meets on the 4th Thursday of each month, 6:30 - 8:00 PM
Winship Building C, Patient Resource Center, 1st floor, Room C1166B
Facilitator: Rebecca Sizemore, LCSW
RSVP appreciated to Rebecca (404) 778-5926
CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUP
A support group designed to provide guidance and understanding for those who take on the privilege of supporting the patient.
Facilitators: d Carol Rivera, ACBSW
For meeting location, RSVP to Carol (404)-778-4593
CLIMB (Children's Lives Include Moments of Bravery)
Meets for 6 consecutive weeks - The group is for children, ages 6-11, who have a parent or grandparent with cancer. Separate group for parents, meets at the same time.
Facilitator: Rebecca Sizemore, LCSW
To reserve a space for the next session, call Rebecca at (404)778-5926.
FREEDOM FROM SMOKING (Smoking cessation program) - Open to patients, survivors, caregivers and staff
Location: Call for locations and times  
Facilitator: Jim Hankins, LCSW & Rebecca Sizemore, LCSW
For more information contact: Rebecca (404) 778-5926
GYN ONCOLOGY SUPPORT GROUP
Meets 3rd Monday of every month
Facilitators: Joy McCall, LMSW
Location: Winship Building C, 2nd floor, Conference Room C2006
RSVP appreciated to Joy (404) 778-5899
HEAD AND NECK - SPOHNC ATLANTA (Support for People with Oral and Head and Neck Cancer)
Meets the last Wednesday of each month from 6:30pm to 7:30pm. Emory Midtown Hospital, Glenn Bldg., Rm. 1
A patient directed self-help organization dedicated to meeting the emotional, physical and humanistic needs of oral and head and neck cancer patients and their caregivers.
Facilitator: Martha Ryan, NP at (404) 778-1733 or Martha.j.ryan@emoryhealthcare.org
LOOK GOOD...FEEL BETTER
Learn about skincare and the use of color cosmetics among friends.
Meets the 4th Monday of the month
Location: Winship Building C, 1st floor, Patient & Family Resource Center
Facilitator: Dedra Allen, Jdoah Salon - Midtown Atlanta
RSVP appreciated to (888) 227-6333 M-F 8am-8pm
MULTIPLE MYELOMA SUPPORT GROUP
Meets 2nd Tuesday of each month
Facilitators: Alice Mullins, LCSW
Location: Winship Building C, Patient Resource Center 1st floor, Room C1166B
RSVP: Alice (404) 778-5559
NUTRITION EDUCATION
Learn about the role of nutrition during cancer treatment and survivorship. Topics include managing treatment side-effects, the role of a healthy lifestyle after cancer diagnosis and weight loss management.
Facilitator: Tiffany Barrett, MS, RD, CSO, LD
Additional details: (404) 778-5646
PAINT YOUR POTTERY
Meets on  the 1st Wednesday of each month.
RSVP to Hilary Cohen at (404) 778-5535
PANCREATIC CANCER SUPPORT GROUP: RSVP Required
Meets 1st Thursday of each month
Facilitator: Maggie Hughes, LMSW
RSVP: Maggie (404) 778-5976
PROSTATE CANCER SUPPORT GROUP
Facilitator: Jim Hankins, MSW, LCSW
For more information, call William at (404) 778-5933.
SOUTHEASTERN BRAIN TUMOR FOUNDATION SUPPORT GROUP at Emory Midtown Hospital
Meets the 2nd or 3rd Friday of each month - call for exact dates
Time: 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Emory University Hospital Midtown - Glenn Building, 2nd floor, Classroom #1
Facilitators: Farnaz Arabshahi, FNP-C, Ellen McKenzie, RN, OCN & Valerie Henderson, MSW
RSVP to Farnaz at (404) 668-9551 - Free Parking, light refreshments provided.