Support Groups for Cancer Patients

Offered free of charge at Hahnemann, these cancer support programs are open to all cancer patients, their families and caregivers. For more information about any of these programs call (215) 762-8436.

Look Good, Feel Better: This program teaches beauty techniques to women who are actively undergoing cancer treatment to help them combat the appearance-related side effects of radiation and chemotherapy. This program is a partnership of the American Cancer Society, the National Cosmetology Association and the Cosmetic, Toiletry and Fragrance Association Foundation. Meets second Monday of every other month (except July and August), 1–3 p.m., Bobst Conference Room, 6th Floor. 

Nutritional Services: A registered dietitian is available to patients and their families for one to one dietary consultations. A series of patient education workshops offer assistance for coping with the nutritional side effects of cancer treatments. Consultations available as needed; workshops held monthly.

Social Work Services: A full-time licensed social worker is on call Monday through Friday for psychosocial support of patients and their families, which includes individual counseling, support and referrals to appropriate community agencies.

Art Therapy: This weekly support group fosters creative expression through visual artistic media, addressing coping strategies, self-exploration and inner strength. Open to all levels of ability and experience. Sponsored by the Hahnemann Creative Arts in Therapy Program of Drexel University College of Nursing and Health Professions.

Dance/Movement Therapy: A holistic, body/mind-integrated approach that uses mildly vigorous movement, relaxation, self-expression and interpersonal support for awakening your creative energies and facilitating healing. Dance/movement therapy is a complementary modality for those living with cancer and their loved ones. No previous dance/movement experience is needed in order to benefit from this program.

I Can Cope: This educational series, sponsored by the American Cancer Society, is taught by health care professionals and addresses such topics as cancer and treatment, managing side effects, emotional concerns, community resources and support, relieving cancer pain, understanding money matters and nutritional well-being. 

Leukemia & Lymphoma Support Group: This monthly family support group is sponsored by The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

Man-To-Man: This monthly group is for men with prostate cancer. It provides education and the opportunity to network with others who have the same diagnosis. Sponsored by the American Cancer Society and Hahnemann University Hospital. 

Reach to Recovery: The American Cancer Society has trained volunteers who are breast cancer survivors themselves that provide a listening ear to women who are undergoing treatment. The women receive the Reach to Recovery care package sponsored by the American Cancer Society.