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 throughout each month on the Emory campus. These groups are facilitated by licensed social workers, registered nurses, and other professionals.

Getting involved with a support group will help you and your loved ones deal with the challenges of a cancer diagnosis and cancer treatment. Advantages of participating in a support group include:

  • Connecting you to others when you feel isolated.
  • Giving you support during especially difficult times.
  • Providing information and coping skills.
  • Giving you ways to feel less helpless yourself, and help others.
  • Getting tips that only other cancer survivors can provide.
  • Giving you a chance to share powerful emotions.

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

To participate in a support group, or to learn more, contact our social services team at (404) 778-1900. Programs are open to patients, caregivers, family members and friends at no charge unless otherwise noted.

View Monthly Support Group Calendar

Peer Partners

The Winship Peer Partners program is 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.

Learn More About Peer Partners

Online Support Group

This virtual support group is an ideal way for young adults diagnosed with cancer who are unable to travel to the Winship Cancer Institute to connect with other young adults who are also experiencing something very similar.

The online support group is designed for patients diagnosed with any type of cancer between 18 and 39 years old. This is a real-time group that meets for 90 minutes each session once per month.  

Read Online Support Group Ground Rules PDF.

To participate, please download and complete or sign the following documents:

Authorization Form and Participant Confidentiality Statement PDF

Fax documents to Joy McCall at (404) 778-2083 or scan and email to

Contact Joy at (404) 778-5899 for more information.

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