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"Since I started treatment, I haven’t missed a group. Even when I could barely get myself off the couch, I went. And I always felt better afterwards. The energy that is shared is uplifting and empowering, no matter how low you feel. I don’t think of this as a support group. It’s more about getting together with friends who happen to be on the same journey.” — Jessica Ganzer.
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Ongoing Support Groups


No one understands what a cancer patient is feeling and thinking as well as another cancer patient. Realizing this, the Cancer Resource Center offers a wide array of support groups and programs that give the patients and their families the opportunity to gather and share. All support groups are free.

Art Therapy

4th Tuesday of every month, 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Enhance the healing process, an art therapist facilitates a group using art media to cope with a cancer diagnosis and treatment. Christa Turpin, art therapist, began to offer an art therapy group for cancer patients in April of 2016. In a group setting, art therapy gives an opportunity for group members to express feelings and/or thoughts in a safe, non-threatening, and supportive environment. It also allows each member to make personal connections and develop relationships based on shared experiences.

Breast Cancer Patients with Children

2nd Friday of every month, 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Join other young mothers to discuss concerns living with cancer and raising a family. Facilitated by a patient navigator.

C.H.A.N.C.E. - Head & Neck Cancer

4th Wednesday of every month, 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Oncology professionals discuss special challenges and concerns for anyone diagnosed with head and neck cancer.

Grupo de Apoyo Para Latinos con Cáncer

Segundo miercoles del mes, 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Este es un grupo de apoyo para Latinos con un diagnostico de cáncer. Conozca otras personas que están luchando con cáncer y compartan su historia. Dirigido por una navegadora de pacientes. Para registrarse, llame al 703.558.5566.

"Project KnitWell"

1st and 3rd Tuesday of every month, 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Sponsored by Project Knitwell. Drop in knitting group for cancer patients and caregivers. The group is held in the lobby of the main Hospital (1625 Building), Zone A Parking. Bring your own supplies.

"Man to Man" - Prostate Cancer

4th Tuesday of every month, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Discussion group for men and their spouses or significant others. Co-sponsored by the American Cancer Society. Facilitators: prostate cancer survivor and oncology social worker. No registration required.

Reiki

3rd Wednesday of each month, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Reiki practitioners are available to provide 30-minute Reiki sessions for cancer patients. Appointment is required. To register, call 703.558.5555.

"Support Sisters" - Early Stage Breast Cancer

1st and 3rd Tuesday of every month, 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Meet other women diagnosed with breast cancer; share problems and learn new coping techniques. Facilitated by patient navigators.

We Can Cope

1st Wednesday of every month, 10:00 pm - 11:30 am
Meet other people with cancer and their families to receive emotional support. Facilitated by a social worker.

Write Away Group

For meeting dates and times, call 703.558.6913.
Share what you have written about diagnosis, treatments and survivorship. To read a poem from the "Write Away" Cancer Support Group, please click on the link below to expand or collapse.

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    Cancer Resource Center (unless otherwise specified)
  • Phone: 703.558.5555

 

Project KnitWell

Project KnitWell has been offering classes and drop-in groups in the Cancer Resource Center since the Spring of 2013. The group offers material for all, and instructions for people who have never knit before and inspiration to the more experienced knitters. Michelle Maynard, the Executive Director, states that the group offers a “respite from the immediate situation, serves as a way to productively pass the time, and has a positive effect on reducing stress.” In addition, “It offers a sense of community and companionship that fosters wellness and comfort.”

Some participants have compared the rhythmic, repetitive motion of knitting to meditation. One participant said, “knit, purl, knit purl...it’s like a heartbeat.” A mother and daughter who attended the group started to make knitted chemocaps for patients. Both agreed that it is a productive fun activity that they could share.

Cancer patients, their family members and caregivers are welcome.

Project Knitwell’s volunteers also go to the oncology unit and provide instruction and materials to patients who want to knit.

To learn more, go to www.projectknitwell.org.

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