Support groups offer encouragement, education and information to cancer patients, families and friends in a safe and caring environment. Groups also provide an opportunity for survivors to discuss their concerns, learn how to increase their coping skills and share support with others in similar situations.
JamesCare for Life support groups are facilitated by licensed healthcare professionals from The James. Call 614-293-6428 or 1-800-293-5066 to confirm group times and locations or to request additional information.
Many people affected by cancer form meaningful connections online. The James has collaborated with Omni Health Media by joining their newly developed online social media community called Cancer Connect. Cancer patients, survivors, caregivers and advocates can participate in more than 60 disease-specific national communities or take part in discussions with only members of The James network. Members can learn from cancer experts, ask questions, share experiences and connect with others in a secure, confidential environment. Join The James Cancer Connect community at www.cancerconnect.com/thejames
In-person support groups currently meeting include:
Brain Tumor Support Group – Third Thursday of the month, 6-7:30 p.m., The Stefanie Spielman Comprehensive Breast Center, Suite 2100, 1145 Olentangy River Road. This group is available for anyone diagnosed with a brain tumor and their support person. Facilitator: Christin Brown, LSW, RN, OCN, Patient Care Coordinator, Neuro-Oncology
Breast Cancer Support Group – Third Tuesday of the month, 11:30-noon (lunch), noon-1 p.m. (group), The Stefanie Spielman Comprehensive Breast Center, Suite 2002, 1145 Olentangy River Road. This group provides breast cancer patients with emotional and peer support, education and guidance on the practical issues of living with breast cancer. Facilitators: Susan Fugett, MSW, LSW, and Amy E Rettig, MSN, MALM, RN, ACNS-BC, CBCN
BMT Gathering – First and third Wednesday of the month, 1-2 p.m., The James, Room 322, 300 West Tenth Ave. This group provides a supportive environment where people with stem cell and cord transplant (and partners or family members) may express their feelings, questions and concerns. Open to those who are thinking about transplant, experiencing transplant or who have completed the transplant process. Facilitators: Cyndi Kirkendall, LISW-S, and Amy Lindsey, RN, PMHCNS
JamesCare East Cancer Support Group – First Wednesday of the month, noon – 1 p.m., Ohio State’s University Hospital East, Seasons Garden Café, 1492 E Broad Street. Survivors and caregivers currently in treatment for any cancer diagnoses are welcome to attend. Lunch is provided. Registration is required by calling Kelly Callahan, LISW-S, at 614-257-3778. Facilitators: Kelly Callahan, MSW, LISW-S, and Cherie Winter, RN
Living with Gastrointestinal (GI) Cancer – Third Tuesday of the month, 6-7:30 p.m., Martha Morehouse Medical Plaza Tower, Eighth Floor Conference Room #820, 2050 Kenny Road. This program provides emotional and peer support, education, and guidance to survivors and families living with GI cancer (includes esophageal, pancreatic, stomach, intestinal, liver, gallbladder, colorectal, and anal). Facilitators: Ilene Lattimer, RN, OCN, CCRC and Michelle Wunsch, BSN, RN, PCRM
Women with Gynecological Cancers Support Group – Third Wednesday of the month, 6:30-8 p.m., Gynecologic Oncology at Mill Run, 3651 Ridge Mill Drive, Hilliard. This group provides an emotionally supportive environment where women with gynecological cancers may express their feelings and concerns. This group is only for survivors unless it is specified that support persons/spouses may attend. Facilitators: Diane Tilus, CNS and Debra Leno, LISW-S, LICDS-CS, OSW-B
Head and Neck Cancer Survivor Group – First Monday of the month, 3:30-5:30 p.m., The Stefanie Spielman Comprehensive Breast Center, Suite 2002, 1145 Olentangy River Road. This group addresses the emotional and physical aspects of living with head and neck cancer. Survivors and caregivers share information to help each other learn ways to adapt and cope with changes in swallowing, talking, appearance and well-being. Facilitators: Vicki Heinke, LISW-S (614-293-7042) and Kathleen Bellamy, LISW (614-293-6548)
Inpatient Support Group for Hematology Survivors – First Wednesday of the month, 1:30-2:30 p.m., The James. Each month, in addition to patient sharing of personal experiences, we will invite a speaker to discuss issues that patients may be dealing with including financial concerns, medication questions and survivor experiences. Contact Katie Klakos at 614-293-7041 for room information and questions. Facilitator: Katie Klakos, MSW, LSW
Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Cancer Survivors Book Club – Second Wednesday of the month, 10-11 a.m., Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Central Ohio Chapter Office, 2225 Citygate Drive, Columbus. Cancer survivors and caregivers gather in a social setting to support one another and discuss the book provided the previous month. Book selections vary widely. Contact Melissa Shawver, patient services manager, LLS, at 614-498-0431. Facilitators: Chris Krall, BSN, RN, OCN, and Melissa Shawver
Living with Lung Cancer – Fourth Wednesday of the month, 6-7:30 p.m. Beginning March 2014, this group meets in Room 1069C of the Martha Morehouse Pavilion, 2050 Kenny Road. This group provides lung cancer survivors and their families with emotional and peer support, education and guidance on the practical issues of living with lung cancer. Sponsored by the Mary Ann Kirkby Living with Lung Cancer Fund. Facilitator: Rev. Brian K. Shaffer, CPBS, GC-C, FT
Melanoma Support Group – Third Wednesday of the month, 6:30-7:30 p.m., The Stefanie Spielman Comprehensive Breast Center, Suite 2002, 1145 Olentangy River Road. This support group provides melanoma survivors and their caregivers an opportunity for emotional and peer support, education and guidance on living with melanoma. Facilitators: Phuong Hoang, MSN, RN, CNP, and Janet Shaffstall, RN, BSN
Prostate Cancer Support Group, “Just the Guys” – Beginning March 2014, this group meets the fourth Wednesday of the month, 7-9 p.m., The Stefanie Spielman Comprehensive Breast Center, Suite 2002, 1145 Olentangy River Road. Roundtable discussion of all topics related to prostate cancer, including treatment options, side effects, coping mechanisms, updates and support from survivors and health care professionals. Facilitator: Patrick DiMeo, BSN, RN, OCN. “Just the Caregivers,” a support group for partners of men with prostate cancer, meets at the same time in Seasons Café on the first floor. Facilitator: Kathie Houchens, Caregiver
Radiation Oncology Support Group – Fourth Thursday of the month, 1-2 p.m., Radiation Oncology Conference Room 087, Lower Level of The James, 300 W. 10th Avenue. This group provides a supportive environment for survivors and caregivers who have experienced radiation therapy may process feelings, express concerns and receive guidance. Facilitators: Kellie Hoffman, CNP, MS and Nikki Guinther, CNP, MS
Sarcoma Support Group – Last Tuesday of the month, 6-7:30 p.m., The Stefanie Spielman Comprehensive Breast Center, Suite 2002, 1145 Olentangy River Road. Informal discussion and support about sarcoma including treatment options and updates. Open to survivors and their support persons. Facilitators: Amira Hartman, RN,OCN, and Rachel Heitman, MSW, LSW
Young Survivorship Support Group – First Wednesday of the month, 6:30-8 p.m., JamesCare Survivorship at Stoneridge Medical Center, 4049 W Dublin-Granville Road, Dublin. This group is designed for young individuals with cancer (ages 18 to 39), and will provide emotional and peer support while focusing on social strategies, practical skills, education and guidance. Facilitators: Nicole Liebner, RN, BSN, PCRM and Karis Wold, LSW
Grief Support Programs:
Pathways Grief Support Group – This six-week psycho-educational support group is for any person at Ohio State or in the community who has experienced a death and is having difficulty coping with the loss. Offered each Spring and Fall. Call JamesCare for Life at 614-293-6428 for more information.
Good Grief – This six-week support group program is designed to help children and teens cope with the death of a loved one. It is offered each Spring and Fall, concurrent with the Pathways Grief Support Group for adults. Call JamesCare for Life at 614-293-6428 for more information.
Life after Loss (Evening) – First Thursday of the month, 6:30-8 p.m., JamesCare Survivorship at Stoneridge Medical Center, 4049 W Dublin-Granville Road, Dublin. This is a cancer bereavement support group that will offer you the opportunity to talk with other people who have experienced an adult dying of cancer. Facilitator: Rev. Sherm Everett, Clinical Chaplain, MBA, CPSP
Life after Loss (Daytime) – Third Wednesday of the month, noon-1 p.m., Suite 2100, Stefanie Spielman Comprehensive Breast Center, 1145 Olentangy River Road. This is a cancer bereavement support group that will offer you the opportunity to talk with other people who have experienced an adult dying of cancer. Meet at 11:30am in Seasons Café if you would like a lunch voucher. Facilitator: Shelley Draime, MSW, LISW