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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

Enhance the healing process, an art therapist facilitates a group using art media to cope with a cancer diagnosis and treatment.
4th Tuesday of every month, 1:30 - 3:00 pm

Breast Cancer Patients with Children

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

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

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

Grupo de Apoyo Para Latinos con Cáncer

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.
Segundo miercoles del mes 6:00-7:30pm. Para registrarse, llame al 703.558.5566.

Knitting in the Library with Friends

Drop in knitting group for cancer patients and caregivers. Bring your own supplies. Sponsored by Project Knitwell.
1st and 3rd Tuesday of every month at 3:30 – 5:00 pm

"Man to Man" - Prostate Cancer

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.
4th Tuesday of every month 7:00 - 8:30 pm


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

"Support Sisters" - Early Stage Breast Cancer

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

We Can Cope

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

Write Away Group

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.

Rose, By Katherine Traynham

From: Can You Come Here Where I Am? Poetry and prose of seven breast cancer survivors, E.M. Press, 1998.

My mother gave me a rose for my birthday.
A tea rose, Chrysler Imperial, blood red.
I planted it in the front yard
So I would see it, coming and going.
I'd just gotten married.
It bloomed every year, the most beautiful reds
On eighteen inch stems (From June to September).
My mother gave me a rose for my birthday.
John Kennedy whites, pale and creamy and lush.
I planted it in the front yard
So I would see it all summer long.
She told me white was for memory.
Grandmother was gone now.
It bloomed every year.
I fed it, and the red (From June to September).
My mother gave me a rose for my birthday
The year I stopped loving roses.
The year after my chemo.
I saw its perfection despite my neglect,
And though I have never put stock in such signs
I took it inside and put it in a crystal vase
And showed my daughter what I didn't believe:
This rose shouldn't be here, in May, as I said.
(They bloom here from June to September).
You feed them and tend to the canes when they're done.
I put them in the front yard, you know,
So you can see them coming and going
And the John Kennedy white, - that's for memory.
My mother gave me this rose for my birthday.

For meeting dates and times, call 703.558.6913.
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  • Phone: 703.558.6913
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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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