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.

Programs listed below are open to patients, caregivers, family members and friends at no charge 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

  • LUNG CANCER SUPPORT GROUP
    Starting May 3rd - Will meet on first Thursday of the month 11:30am-1:00pm
    RSVP to Summer Al-Majed, LCSW, summer.al-majed@emoryhealthcare.org or (404) 778-4593

  • MELANOMA – 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 at (404) 778-5926

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

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

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

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

  • 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 at (404) 778-5926 or emily.vereen@emoryhealthcare.org

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

EMORY UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL MIDTOWN

  • SPOHNC-ATLANTA (Support for People with Oral and Head and Neck Cancer)
    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, avril.phillips@emoryhealthcare.org

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, rebecca at rebecca.arnold@emoryhealthcare.org or (678) 843-7021

  • PROSTATE CANCER SUPPORT GROUP
    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, rebecca at rebecca.arnold@emoryhealthcare.org or (678) 843-7021

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

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, joy.mccall@emoryhealthcare.org or (404) 938-0918

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

  • PLAY WITH CLAY - RSVP REQUIRED - Space is Limited to the first 8 Participants.
    Meets on first and third 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 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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