Support Groups


Amyloidosis Support Group for patients and families coping with amyloidosis will be held on April 12, 2014 from 9am-3pm.  To register, please visit www.amyloidosissupport.com or call Peg Rummel at 215-614-0651.

  • April 12, 2014

Brain Tumor Support Group will be held on the Second Wednesday of the Month except August from 6:30 – 8:00 pm in the Silverstein Conference Room, 3rd, floor.  To register, call 215-615-5240.

Brain Tumor Support Series: The Abramson Cancer Center presents a support series for brain tumor patients and their families with guest speakers presenting on topics of interest. Meetings take place Tuesday afternoons from 2:30 - 4:00 pm in the Patient and Family Services Conference Room at the
Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine. Please call 215.615.5240 if you have questions.

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Participants are encouraged (but not required) to these monthly upcoming sessions:

Breast Cancer Support Group: This group provides an opportunity to network with other women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer. This group offers education and peer support to enhance coping with your breast cancer diagnosis. This group meets the second Tuesday of the month from 12:00 – 1:30 pm, in the Patient and Family Services Conference Room, 1st Floor West Pavilion, Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine. No RSVP required. Iinterested patients should contact us at 215-614-0651.

  • April 8, 2014
  • May 11, 2014
  • June 10, 2014

Caring for the Caregiver: The Association of Oncology Social Work is please to offer this first-of-its-kind program at locations across the United States. The program will provide tips and information to both cancer patients and their family and friends about:

  • Thriving in the midst of cancer diagnosis and treatment
  • How cancer affects the whole family
  • Communication during the cancer journey
  • Family life after cancer
  • April 15, 2014
  • May 20, 2014
  • June 17, 2014

For more information please call 215-614-0651.  No RSVP required to participate.

Chemotherapy Treatment Orientation:  This class prepares patients with GI cancers and their caregivers for chemotherapy treatment and reviews supportive services available both at Abramson and in the community. Meet important members of your team including nursing, social work, nurse navigation, nutrition and others. This is a time for you and your caregiver to ask questions and gain a better understanding of what to expect during treatment and the services available to support you along the way.

Classes are held the 2nd Friday of each month 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM and the last Wednesday of the month 10:00 AM -12:00 NOON.  

To register, please call 215-614-1863.

Esophagectomy Support Group (Ravdin 6): HUP proudly supports patients who have undergone an esophagectomy. The group was created by the nurses of the thoracic surgery department with the mission to be a source of information and support for patients and their families as they navigate the recovery process. This group will meet in the main hospital Call 215-662-3878 or email: Thoracicnusing@uphs.upenn.edu for registration.

Gynecologic Cancer Support Group for women and their families who share a diagnosis of gynecological cancer to provide community support, experience and strength from patients and team members to facilitate meaningful conversation and connections will meet February 28th from Noon-2pm. For more information please call 215-614-0651.  No RSVP required to participate. 

Hematology Oncology Support Group for patients, families, and friends of patients living with a hematology (blood cancer) diagnosis- The purpose of this group is to have a safe space to discuss emotional concerns, challenges, triumphs, resources, and coping. Group will meet on the 2nd Thursday, of the month from 2-3 pm., pre-registration for this free program is required. Call 215-614-0651. 

  • April 10, 2014
  • May 8, 2014
  • June 12, 2014

Head and Neck Cancer Support Group: The Abramson Cancer Center offers patients and loved ones the opportunity to gain support and information from others with similar experiences and concerns. This group meets the first Wednesday of every month from 9:45 - 11:45, except August. Classes are located on the Patient and Family Services conference room, 1 West Pavilion, Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine. If you would like additional information or would like to register, please call 215-662-6123 or email Tracey Lautenbach.

  • April 2, 2014
  • May 7, 2014
  • June 4, 2014

Lung Cancer Support Group: The lung cancer support group provides a safe space for patients, families and friends of patients living with a lung cancer diagnosis.  We welcome all participants.  The group is scheduled to meet the third Wednesday of each month at 10-11:00am.  For further information and to RSVP, please call either Joyce Mitchell (215) 615-0536 or Linda Miller (215) 796-7038.

Prostate Cancer Support Group: This group offers the latest information about prostate cancer and treatment, and an opportunity to meet with other survivors. This group provides emotional support and strategies for coping. This group meets the fourth Thursday of every month from 4:30 – 6:00 pm except August, and December in the Patient and Family Services Conference Room, 1st Floor West Pavilion, Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine. If you need additional information or would like to register, please call 215-349-8183 or email: neal.niznan@uphs.upenn.edu

  • April 24, 2014
  • May 22, 2014
  • June 26, 2014
  • September 25, 2014
  • October 23, 2014
  • November 27, 2014

Young Adult Cancer Support Group:  Group for individuals who have been diagnosed with cancer ages 18-40.  Group will be open to new members first two sessions March 31 and April 7 at 3:30pm then will be closed after the 7th for individuals who attended one or both of the first two sessions.  Group will meet for 8 additional sessions ending on June 2.  RSVP required, please call 215-614-0651.

Look Good...Feel Better Workshop: A free program of the American Cancer Society that teaches beauty techniques to women who are actively undergoing cancer treatment to help them combat the appearance-related side effects of radiation and chemotherapy. Classes are taught by licensed cosmetologists who have been specially trained and each woman practices techniques using products donated by the cosmetics industry.

Workshops are held on certain Mondays. To register, please call the American Cancer Society National Call Center 1-800-227-2345.

  • May 5, 2014
  • July 14, 2014
  • September 8, 2014
  • November 10, 2014

Nutrition Classes

Nutrition from A to Z: Answers to your nutrition and diet questions
Are you confused by all the information on cancer and nutrition; what to eat and what to avoid? During this one hour class, taught by a Registered Dietitian from the Abramson Cancer Center, your guest ions will be answered by a nutrition expert. The program reviews the current nutritional information and guidelines for cancer patients and survivors. Topics covered include:

  • What are your calorie and protein requirements?
  • What are phytochemicals?
  • Does sugar feed cancer?
  • Do you need supplements?

The Tracey Birnhak Nutritional Counseling Programs are held on certain Wednesdays, from 3:00 - 4:00 PM in the Patient and Family Services Conference Room, First Floor, West Pavilion, in the Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine. The class is free of charge and open to patients and family members, but registration is required. Interested patients or their family members should call 215-614-0651 to register and to obtain further information.

  • April 9, 2014
  • May 14, 2014
  • June 11, 2014

Build a Healthy Diet Workshop: This interactive workshop is led by the dietitians from the Department of Radiation Oncology and the Abramson Cancer Center. This workshop will provide individualized diet planning and information on creating a healthy diet. The Tracey Birnhak Nutritional Counseling Programs are held on Wednesdays, from 2:30 – 4:00 pm, in the Patient and Family Services Conference Room, First Floor, West Pavilion, in the Perelman Center for the Advanced Medicine Building. It is open to all members of the cancer center community including current patients and survivors. Space is limited and reservations are required for this free workshop. For more information or to register call 215-614-0651.

  • May 28, 2014
  • September 24, 2014

Nutrition and Diet for Prostate Cancer
Prostate cancer has its own specific diet and nutrition issues. The side effects of cancer treatment can affect your ability to eat and maintain your nutritional status during treatment. In addition there are questions about what foods to eat and how to maintain a healthy weight to reduce the risk of recurrence. This one-hour class covers many of these issues and addresses the following topics:

  • How to get the nutrition you need during and after treatment
  • Handling side effects that interfere with eating
  • Benefit of maintaining a healthy weight
  • Food to include or avoid
  • Answers to your nutrition questions

The Tracey Birnhak Nutritional Counseling Programs are held on certain Wednesdays, from 3:00 – 4:00 pm, in the Patient and Family Services Conference Room, First Floor, West Pavilion, in the Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine. The class is free of charge and open to patients and family members but registration is required. For additional information and to register, call 215-614-0651.

  • April 16, 2014
  • June 18, 2014
  • August 20, 2014
  • October 15, 2014
  • December 17, 2014

Nutrition and Diet for Breast Cancer: This class is facilitated by a Registered Dietitian. Nutrition and Diet for Breast Cancer is held certain Mondays from 2:30 to 4:00PM in the Patient and Family Services Conference Room, First Floor, West Pavilion, in the Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine. Breast Cancer has its own specific diet and nutrition issues, particularly with what foods to eat and how to maintain a healthy weight to reduce the risk of recurrence. Topics for discussion may include: how to get the nutrition you need during and after treatment; handling side effects that interfere with eating; benefit of maintaining a healthy weight, foods to include or avoid, and answers to nutrition questions. Registration is required. Interested patients should call 215-614-0651.

  • May 21, 2014
  • September 17, 2014
  • November 19, 2014

New Grocery Store Tour: Learn about foods to include for a cancer protective diet-Do you find all the information on cancer and nutrition confusing? Are trips to the grocery store frustrating because you don't know what to buy? During this 90 Minute grocery tour, taught by a Registered Dietitian from the Abramson Cancer Center, you will have all of your questions answered by a nutrition expert. This tour will focus on plant-based foods including fruits, vegetables, beans, nuts and whole grains. The class is free of charge and open to patients and family members of the Abramson Cancer Center but space is limited and registration is required. For information and to register call 215-614-0651.

  • April 3, 2014
  • June 12, 2014
  • October 2, 2014

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