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. Please note, we have temporarily suspended our in-person support group meetings and activities in response to guidance regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, but are offering many of our support groups virtually. If you are interested in participating in a support group meeting, please contact the respective facilitator prior 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.

We are offering a new virtual support group to help you cope with the current COVID-19 pandemic:

  • COVID-19 AND CANCER SUPPORT
    Meets virtually via Zoom every first Tuesday of each month at 4:00pm
    Facilitator: Kendelle Miller, LCSW, ACM
    RSVP to kendelle.miller@emoryhealthcare.org or (404) 778-5535

WINSHIP CLIFTON ROAD CAMPUS

  • BLADDER CANCER SUPPORT GROUP
    Meets virtually via Zoom on fourth Thursday of each month, 1:00pm
    Facilitator: Albert Phillips Jr, LMSW
    RSVP to albert.phillips@emoryhealthcare.org

  • GENERAL BREAST CANCER SUPPORT GROUP
    Meets virtually via Zoom on the third Tuesday of each month, 6:00pm
    Facilitators: Valerie Henderson, MSW and Rebecca McConnell, LCSW
    RSVP to rebecca.mcconnell2@emoryhealthcare.org or (404) 778-4593

  • CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUP - Open to Caregivers Only – RSVP REQUIRED
    Meets virtually via Zoom on third Wednesday of each month 12pm-1:30pm
    Facilitator: Hilary Cohen, LCSW
    RSVP to hilary.cohen@emoryhealthcare.org or (404) 778-4627

  • CLIMB (Children's Lives Include Moments of Bravery)
    Support and education group for children ages 6-11 years old whose parent or grandparent has been diagnosed with cancer.
    CURRENTLY ON HOLD

  • COLORECTAL SUPPORT GROUP
    Meets virtually via Zoom on third Tuesday of each month, 12:00pm
    Facilitator: Rebecca McConnell, LCSW
    RSVP to rebecca.mcconnell2@emoryhealthcare.org or (404) 778-4593

  • HAPPY TAILS PET THERAPY
    CURRENTLY ON HOLD
    For any information regarding this program or animal assisted activities,
    contact Hilary Cohen, LCSW, OSW-C, (404) 778-4627.

  • LGBTQ CANCER SUPPORT GROUP
    CURRENTLY ON HOLD
    Facilitators: James Hankins, MSW, LCSW
    RSVP to james.hankins@emoryhealthcare.org or (404) 778-5716.

  • LUNG CANCER SUPPORT GROUP - RSVP REQUIRED
    Meets virtually via Zoom on second Thursday of the month 11:30am-1:00pm
    Facilitator: Karen Mellott, LCSW
    RSVP to karen.mellott@emoryhealthcare.org, (404) 778-5919

  • MELANOMA SUPPORT GROUP – RSVP REQUIRED
    Meets virtually via Zoom on fourth Tuesday of the month 11:00am-12:00pm
    Facilitators: Emily Vereen, MSW
    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 virtually via Zoom on first Monday of each month 11:00am-12:00pm
    Facilitator: Emily Vereen, MSW
    RSVP to emily.vereen@emoryhealthcare.org or (404) 778-5926

  • ONCOLOGY NUTRITION CLASS
    Meets virtually every 2-3 months via Zoom. Contact facilitator for upcoming dates.
    Hosted by Winship Cancer Institute Dietitians
    Facilitator: Rachel Keller, RD, LD, rachel.keller@emoryhealthcare.org, (678) 843-7115

  • PANCREATIC SUPPORT GROUP - RSVP REQUIRED
    Meets virtually via Zoom on the third Tuesday of each month 11:00am to 12:00pm
    Facilitator: Frank Eady, LMSW
    RSVP to frank.eady@emoryhealthcare.org or (404) 778-5976 

  • PROSTATE CANCER SUPPORT GROUP - RSVP REQUIRED
    Meets virtually via Zoom on first Wednesday of each month 11:00am-12:00pm
    Facilitators: Frank Eady, LMSW and James Hankins, MSW, LCSW
    RSVP to Frank.Eady@emoryhealthcare.org or (404) 778-5976 or james.hankins@emoryhealthcare.org or 404-778-5716

  • THYROID CANCER SUPPORT GROUP - RSVP REQUIRED
    Meets virtually via Zoom on last Saturday of each month 10:00am-11:30am
    Facilitators: Dr. Sol Jacobs and Joseph Cross, LCSW
    RSVP to joe.cross@rocksprings.us or (404) 333-3310

  • ADULT CANCER SURVIVORS SUPPORT GROUP - RSVP REQUIRED
    Meets virtually via Zoom on first Tuesday of each month 12:00noon - 1:00pm
    Facilitators: Hilary Cohen, LCSW, OSW-C and Rev. Susan Pinson
    RSVP to hilary.cohen@emoryhealthcare.org or (404) 778-4627

  • YOUNG ADULT BREAST CANCER SUPPORT GROUP - RSVP REQUIRED
    CURRENTLY ON HOLD

EMORY UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL MIDTOWN

  • AFRICAN AMERICANS WITH CANCER SUPPORT GROUP - RSVP REQUIRED
    Meets virtually via Zoom on second Tuesday of each month, 2:00pm-3:00pm
    Facilitator: Russell Brown, LCSW and Nikita Burke, LMSW
    RSVP to russell.h.brown@emoryhealthcare.org or (404) 686-5191 | nikita.burke@emoryhealthcare.org or (404) 501-3742

  • 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 virtually via Zoom on last Wednesday of the month, 6:30pm-7:30pm
    Facilitator: Tiffany Rockwell, MSW
    RSVP to tiffany.rockwell@emoryhealthcare.org or (404) 686-4641

  • YOUNG ADULTS WITH CANCER SUPPORT GROUP (Ages 18-40) - RSVP REQUIRED
    This is a one hour creative process support group open to all cancer diagnoses for patients ages 18-40 years of age.
    Meets virtually via Zoom on third Thursday of each month, 4:00pm-5:00pm
    Facilitator: Russell Brown, LMSW and Nikita Burke, LMSW
    RSVP to russell.h.brown@emoryhealthcare.org or (404) 686-5191

EMORY SAINT JOSEPH'S HOSPITAL

  • CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUP – Open to caregivers only - RSVP REQUIRED
    Meets virtually via Zoom on third Thursday of each month 11:00am-12:00pm
    Facilitator: Sandra Karem, LCSW
    RSVP to sandra.karem@emoryhealthcare.org or (678) 843-7826

  • 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.
    CURRENTLY ON HOLD
    Facilitator: Rebecca S. Arnold, LCSW, OSW-C
    RSVP to rebecca.arnold@emoryhealthcare.org or (678) 843-7021

  • SOUTH EASTERN BRAIN TUMOR SUPPORT GROUP - EMORY LOCATION - RSVP REQUIRED
    Meets virtually via Zoom every other 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
    CURRENTLY ON HOLD
    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
    Meets virtually via Zoom on 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.
    CURRENTLY ON HOLD
    Facilitator: Joy McCall, LCSW
    RSVP to joy.mccall@emoryhealthcare.org or (404) 938-0918

  • METASTATIC BREAST CANCER SUPPORT GROUP - Patient participation only - RSVP REQUIRED
    Meets virtually via Zoom on third Wednesday of each month 6:00pm-7:00pm (Starting February 2022)
    Facilitator: Joy McCall, LCSW
    RSVP to joy.mccall@emoryhealthcare.org or (404) 938-0918

  • HAPPY TAILS PET THERAPY
    CURRENTLY ON HOLD
    For any information regarding this program or animal assisted activities, please call: Hilary Cohen, LCSW, OSW-C, (404) 778-4627.

EMORY DECATUR HOSPITAL

  • TREE HOUSE GANG SUPPORT GROUP
    For children of parents with cancer.
    Call for waitlist
    Facilitators: Nikita Burke, LMSW and Stephanie Medlin, LCSW
    RSVP to nikita.burke@emoryhealthcare.org or (404) 501-3742 to be put on the waitlist.

EMORY HILLANDALE HOSPITAL

  • CANCER SUPPORT GROUP - RSVP REQUIRED
    Meets virtually via Zoom on first Thursday of each month 6:00pm - 7:00pm
    Facilitators: Nikita Burke, LMSW
    RSVP to nikita.burke@emoryhealthcare.org or (404) 501-3742

OFFSITE GROUPS

  • ONCOLOGY SUPPORT GROUP FOR CANCER SURVIVORS - RSVP REQUIRED
    Meets virtually via Zoom on first Thursday every month 12:00pm-1:00pm
    Facilitator: Hilary Cohen, LCSW, OSW-C and Rev. Susan Pinson
    Contact Hilary at hilary.cohen@emoryhealthcare.org or Rev. Pinson at spinson@glennumc.org

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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