Cancer LifeNet Support Groups and Programs
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Cancer LifeNet programs are offered to individuals impacted by cancer who live in our community, regardless of where treatment is received. Whether newly diagnosed, in treatment, remission or having a recurrence, we invite you to participate in our support groups, integrative health offerings and other programs.
For real time information about all support groups, classes and programs offered through UM Upper Chesapeake Health – both onsite and online – please visit our community calendar of events.
Note: UMMS has moved to Level Green for infection prevention guidance across all facilities under a phased approach. Masking is now optional in most cases, for team members and care partners. Given the high-risk nature of those we serve, we ask that you kindly remain vigilant of any cold or flu-like symptoms you may be experiencing or any recent exposure to COVID-19 and refrain from on-site attendance and mask when appropriate. Your careful consideration of everyone's health is most appreciated!
Cancer Support Groups
Our blood cancer support group, offered in collaboration with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, provides patients and their family members a place to share information, education and feelings in a compassionate and caring setting. It is open to all adult patients affected by leukemia, lymphoma, myeloma and myelodysplastic syndrome.
Our breast cancer support group fosters compassionate discussion about how having breast cancer can affect our daily lives. We share resources and coping strategies, discuss medical experiences and offer support and understanding. Led by professional social workers, we emphasize the fact that you are never alone.
Head and Neck Cancer
Our educational and informative support group is a time for sharing and learning with the goal of providing positive coping strategies, reducing stress and maximizing your quality of life. The group is open to individuals who are newly diagnosed, undergoing treatment or recovering from treatment and their families. Health care professionals are also in attendance.
Prostate cancer can have a profound impact on a couple’s relationship; therefore, our prostate cancer support group is open to both men and their partners. Open to all wo have been touched by prostate cancer, we especially embrace newly diagnosed men by offering a safe place to share experiences and hear how others have managed the disease and its treatments.
Our new Reiki services are offered on Wednesdays. Morning and afternoon appointments are available; call to schedule yours today!
Virtual Gentle Yoga
Yoga is a form of exercise that involves movement to build strength, improve balance and release tightness and tension in both the body and mind. Cancer LifeNet offers two levels of yoga classes; level 1 is ideal for students new to the practice or seeking a gentler flow, while level 2 is designed for students with a greater range of motion. Modifications will be offered in both classes to best meet the needs of students in attendance.
Virtual Healing Through Support
Social support is essential to our mental and psychological wellbeing. It helps enhance our resilience to stress, anxiety and other negative emotions that, when left unchecked, can lead to a decline in our overall health. This compassionate group offers unconditional support, fellowship and understanding to all individuals who are coping with cancer, as well as their caregivers.
Virtual Guided Meditation
Meditation and mindfulness have a host of well documented health benefits. Known for its calming aspects, meditating can help you increase self-awareness, lower levels of stress and anxiety and reduce negative emotions, while relaxing your body and mind.
Classes and Resources
Cancer: Thriving and Surviving Workshop
The Cancer: Thriving and Surviving (CTS) workshop is a six-week program that connects cancer survivors to resources and tools that allow you to live an active and fulfilling life, while also helping you build confidence and connect with fellow survivors. This workshop is open to survivors as well as their family members and caregivers.
Caring for Caregivers
Practicing self-care as a caregiver of someone who has cancer may be challenging, but it's vital for you and your loved one. Our Caring for Caregivers article will help you identify the signs of caregiver burnout and ways to ask for help.
CLIMB – Children's Lives Include Moments of Bravery
Created by The Children's Treehouse Foundation, Children's Lives Include Moments of Bravery (CLIMB) is a free support program designed to help children cope when a family member has cancer. By creating a safe setting where kids can express their fears, concerns and questions, CLIMB helps children take comfort in knowing that they are never alone. It is designed to be fun and interactive for kids and reassuring for parents.
Quit Smoking Classes
Quitting tobacco is one of the best things you can do for yourself. It isn't easy, but you can do it! We're here to help with free classes offered throughout the year. These classes will teach you about the dangers of smoking, share tips on how to quit and cope with nicotine withdrawal symptoms, provide information on nicotine replacement products and more. Visit our smoking cessation page for more details.