Support Groups

Support groups provide a unique opportunity for you to connect with others and learn more about treatment options for your specific cancer type, find ways to improve your quality of life, and make friends.

Winship Cancer Institute hosts cancer-specific and topical support groups on a monthly basis facilitated by licensed social workers, registered nurses, and other professionals.

The support groups listed below are open to patients, survivors, caregivers, support persons, family members and friends unless otherwise noted. If you are interested in attending a support group meeting, please contact the respective facilitator prior to coming to the meeting.

In addition to facilitating support and educational programs, our oncology social workers provide practical assistance, support, and individual, family and group counseling. To learn more, contact our social services team at (404) 778-1900.

WINSHIP CLIFTON ROAD CAMPUS

  • CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUP - Open to Caregivers Only – RSVP REQUIRED
    Meets on third Wednesday of each month 12noon-1:30pm
    Facilitator: Summer Al-Majed, LCSW
    RSVP to summer.al-majed@emoryhealthcare.org or (404) 778-4593

  • CLIMB (Children's Lives Include Moments of Bravery) - RSVP REQUIRED
    Support and education group for children ages 6-11 years old whose parent or grandparent has been diagnosed with cancer.
    Six week class. Dates and times vary based on interest.
    Facilitator: Summer Al-Majed, LCSW
    RSVP to summer.al-majed@emoryhealthcare.org or (404) 778-4593

  • COLORECTAL SUPPORT GROUP - RSVP REQUIRED
    Meets second Wednesday of each month, 12:00pm-1:30pm
    Facilitator: Joseph Pfeffer, LMSW
    RSVP to joseph.pfeffer@emoryhealthcare.org or (404) 778-5976

  • HAPPY TAILS PET THERAPY
    First Thursday of each month: 11:00 pm to 12 noon radiation oncology waiting areas
    Second Tuesday of each month 11:00 pm to 12 noon medical oncology and surgical oncology waiting areas
    Third Saturday of each month 11:00 pm to 12 noon infusion center.
    For any information regarding this program or animal assisted activities,
    contact Hilary Cohen, LCSW, OSW-C, (404) 778-4627.

  • LGBTQ CANCER SUPPORT GROUP - RSVP REQUIRED
    Meets second Wednesday of each month, 1:00pm to 2:00pm
    Facilitators: Emma Kimball, BSW, James Hankins, MSW, LCSW and Eddie Emeric
    RSVP to emma.kimball@emoryhealthcare.org or james.hankins@emoryhealthcare.org

  • LUNG CANCER SUPPORT GROUP - RSVP REQUIRED
    Meets on first Thursday of the month 11:30am-1:00pm
    Facilitator: Summer Al-Majed, LCSW
    RSVP to summer.al-majed@emoryhealthcare.org or (404) 778-4593

  • MELANOMA SUPPORT GROUP – RSVP REQUIRED
    Meets on fourth Tuesday of the month 6:00pm-7:00pm
    Facilitators: Emily Vereen, MSW and Necia Maynard APRN-BC, AOCNP
    RSVP to emily.vereen@emoryhealthcare.org at (404) 778-5926

  • METASTATIC BREAST CANCER SUPPORT GROUP- RSVP REQUIRED
    Group intended for patient/survivor-only participation.
    Meets on first Monday of each month 11:00am-12:00noon
    Facilitator: Emily Vereen, MSW
    RSVP to emily.vereen@emoryhealthcare.org or (404) 778-5926

  • ONCOLOGY NUTRITION CLASS - RSVP REQUIRED
    Meets on the second Thursday of each month, 2:30pm to 3:30pm in Tufts house, Room 200
    Facilitator: Emily Huskey, RD, LD
    RSVP to emily.huskey@emoryhealthcare.org or (404) 778-4526

  • PANCREATIC SUPPORT GROUP - RSVP REQUIRED
    Meets on first Thursday of each month 6:30pm-8:00pm
    Facilitator: Joe Pfeffer, LMSW
    RSVP to joseph.pfeffer@emoryhealthcare.org or (404) 778-5976 

  • PROSTATE CANCER SUPPORT GROUP - RSVP REQUIRED
    Meets on first Wednesday of each month 11:00am-12:30pm
    Facilitator: Joe Pfeffer, LMSW
    RSVP to joseph.pfeffer@emoryhealthcare.org or (404) 778-5976

  • THYROID CANCER SUPPORT GROUP - RSVP REQUIRED
    Meets on last Saturday of each month 10:00am-11:30am
    Facilitators: Dr. Sol Jacobs and Stacey Marler
    RSVP to staceymarler@gmail.com

  • YOUNG BREAST CANCER SUPPORT GROUP - RSVP REQUIRED
    Meets on first Monday of each month 6:30pm-7:30pm
    Facilitator: Summer Al-Majed, LCSW
    RSVP to summer.al-majed@emoryhealthcare.org or (404) 778-4593

EMORY UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL MIDTOWN

  • ESOPHAGEAL CANCER SUPPORT GROUP - RSVP REQUIRED
    Meets on third Tuesday of each month, 1:00pm to 2:30pm
    Glenn Building, Classroom #3. Level F from Summit Parking Deck. Parking validated.
    Facilitators: Shannon Lambeth, NP and Valerie Henderson, MSW
    RSVP to valerie.henderson@emoryhealthcare.org or (404) 686-7880

  • SPOHNC-ATLANTA (Support for People with Oral and Head and Neck Cancer) - RSVP REQUIRED
    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.
    Meets on last Wednesday of the month 6:30pm-7:30pm
    Facilitator: Avril Phillips, LCSW, ACM
    RSVP to avril.phillips@emoryhealthcare.org

  • YOUNG ADULT SUPPORT GROUP (Ages 18-40) - RSVP REQUIRED
    Facilitator: Russell Brown, LMSW
    RSVP to russell.h.brown@emoryhealthcare.org or (404) 686-5191

EMORY SAINT JOSEPH'S HOSPITAL

  • CLIMB (Children's Lives Include Moments of Bravery) - RSVP REQUIRED
    Support and education group for children ages 6-11 years old whose parent or grandparent has been diagnosed with cancer.
    Six week class. Dates and times vary based on interest.
    Facilitator: Rebecca S. Arnold, LCSW, OSW-C
    RSVP to rebecca.arnold@emoryhealthcare.org or (678) 843-7021

  • BRAIN TUMOR SUPPORT GROUP - RSVP REQUIRED
    Light lunch & free parking provided.
    Meets on first Thursday of each month 12:30pm
    Facilitator: Farnaz Arabshahi, FNP-C
    RSVP to farnaz.arabshahi@emoryhealthcare.org or (404)-668-9511

  • HAPPY TAILS PET THERAPY
    Every Tuesday 10:00am: 7th floor inpatient oncology cardiology lab and outpatient clinic
    Second Friday of the month 1:00pm: 6th floor inpatient and cath lab
    Fourth Thursday of each month 1:00pm: CVIVU
    For any information regarding this program or animal assisted activities,
    contact Hilary Cohen, LCSW, OSW-C, (404) 778-4627.

  • PROSTATE CANCER SUPPORT GROUP - RSVP REQUIRED
    Free parking in deck across from the Winship Building Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital
    Meets second Thursday of each month 11:00am-12:30pm
    Facilitator: Rebecca S. Arnold, LCSW, OSW-C
    RSVP to rebecca.arnold@emoryhealthcare.org or (678) 843-7021

EMORY JOHNS CREEK HOSPITAL

  • CLIMB (Children's Lives Include Moments of Bravery) - RSVP REQUIRED
    Support and education group for children ages 6-11 years old whose parent or grandparent has been diagnosed with cancer.
    Six week class. Dates and times vary based on interest.
    Facilitator: Joy McCall, LCSW
    RSVP to 
    joy.mccall@emoryhealthcare.org span> or (404) 938-0918

  • Gentle Chair Yoga and Emotional Support Group - RSVP REQUIRED beginning Aug. 2018
    Open to all patients and caregivers. Group provides a supportive environment where individuals of all ages, skills and experience can positively deal with physical and emotional challenges through the practice of yoga.
    Third Wednesday of each month from 2:00pm to 3:30pm
    Location: Flex dining room on the lower level of EJCH
    Facilitators: Joy McCall, LCSW and Mireille Whritenour, registered Yoga Alliance Children and Family Yoga teacher and cancer survivor.
    Registration required: joy.mccall@emoryhealthcare.org or (404) 938-0918 ***Participation waiver required***

  • HAPPY TAILS PET THERAPY
    First and third Wednesday of each month.
    For any information regarding this program or animal assisted activities, please call: Hilary Cohen, LCSW, OSW-C, (404) 778-4627.

OFFSITE GROUPS

  • PAINT YOUR POTTERY - RSVP REQUIRED - Space is Limited to the first 8 Participants.
    Meets on first Wednesday every other month 3:30pm-5:00pm
    Facilitator: Hilary Cohen, LCSW, OSW-C
    RSVP by 12:00pm on Wednesday to Hilary at (404) 778-4627

Peer Partners

The Winship Peer Partners program is a peer-to-peer support program. The Peer Partners program matches cancer survivors and caregivers with cancer patients and caregivers dealing with a similar diagnosis of cancer, pre-cancerous condition, or benign tumor.

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