Support Groups

Gynecologic Cancer Support Groups in the Washington, D.C. Region

In general, these support groups are free to cancer survivors, their families, and friends. We suggest calling ahead to confirm dates and locations.

IN WASHINGTON, DC:

Gynecologic Cancer Support Group
Where: George Washington Cancer Center
              GW-MFA, Room 230, 5th floor
              2150 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
              Washington, DC 20037
When: 2nd Wednesday of every month (call to verify), 5:30-7:00 p.m.
Contact: 202-741-2218
www.gwumc.edu

Women and Cancer Support Group (for women with gynecologic or breast cancer)
Where: Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center at Georgetown University
              3800 Reservoir Rd., NW
              Washington, DC 20057
When: 4th Monday of every month, 12:30 pm – 1:30 p.m. Registration required.
Contact: Ann Richardson, RN, (202) 444-2118, Terry Harrington, CRNP, (202) 444-3601, or Nancy Morgan, (202) 444-7228, co-facilitators.
http://lombardi.georgetown.edu/

Comments: Each session features creative activities.

Look Good… Feel Better
Where: Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center at Georgetown University
              3800 Reservoir Rd., NW
              Washington, DC 20057
When: 2nd Wednesday of every month, 9:30 am – 11:30 am. Registration required.
Contact: Joanne Assarsson, LICSW, OSW-C, coordinator, (202) 444-3755. http://lombardi.georgetown.edu/
Comments: A free, non-medical, brand-neutral, national public service program created to help individuals with cancer look good, improve their self-esteem, and manage their treatment and recovery with greater confidence.

Where: Smith Farm Center for Healing and the Arts
              1632 U Street, NW
              Washington, DC 20009
When: Call for schedule
Contact: Darien Reece, program director, (202) 483-8600
www.smithfarm.com
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Comments: Programs are held in their Washington office and retreats at a rural Retreat Center. Services are free.

CLIMB (Children's Lives Include Moments of Bravery) for children of cancer patients
Where:  George Washington University Katzen Cancer Research Center www.gwcancerinstitute.org
             2150 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W.
             Room 1-402
             Washington, DC  20037
When:  Every Wednesday, February 3 - March 10, 6:00 p.m.- 8:00 p.m.  Free program, free parking, free dinner.
Contact:  Jennifer Bires, 202-741-2218, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to register
Comments:  Program is designed for children ages 6 through 11.

 

IN MARYLAND:

Ovarian and Gynecologic Cancer Support Group

Holy Cross Hospital Cancer Institute
Where: Holy Cross Hospital Professional and Community Education Center
              1500 Forest Glen Road
              Silver Spring, MD 20910
When: 3rd Wednesday of every month, 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Contact: 301-754-7537
Comments: Phone registration preferred, but not required. All are welcome.

Look Good… Feel Better
Holy Cross Hospital Cancer Institute
Where: Holy Cross Hospital Professional and Community Education Center
              1500 Forest Glen Road
              Silver Spring, MD 20910
When: Wednesdays, August 5 and November 4, 2009; 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Also offered:
Where: Holy Cross Hospital Radiation Treatment Center
              2121 Medical Park Drive, Suite 4
              Silver Spring, MD 20902
When: Wednesdays, September 2 and December 2, 2009; 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Contact: 301-754-7537, Jackie Diehl; Please call to register
Comments: Learn skin care, makeup applications, and hair/wig techniques in a hands-on workshop.

Ovarian and Gynecologic Cancer Support Group
 Where: Hope Connections for Cancer Support Community
              
5430 Grosvenor Lane, Suite 100
               Bethesda, MD 20814
When: 2nd Monday of every month, 12:30-2:30 p.m.
Contact: 301-493-5002, www.hopeconnectionsforcancer.org
Comments: Open to people suffering from cancer, their families and other caregivers

Lunch Bunch for Ovarian and Breast Cancer Survivors
Where: Various restaurants in Rockville, MD
When: Every Friday, 12:00 p.m.
Contact: Call 301-424-4777 for location


IN VIRGINIA:

GYN Cancers Support Group
Where: Life With Cancer
              8411 Pennell St.
              Fairfax, VA 22031
When: 2nd Wednesday of every month, 5:30-7:00 p.m.
Contact: 703-698-2526, www.lifewithcancer.org
Comments: Sponsored by Inova Fairfax Hospital

 

ONLINE:

Online support groups are available for those who prefer anonymity or can’t meet outside their homes.

Association of Cancer Online Resources (ACOR)
Contact: www.acor.org
Comments: Find an ovarian problems discussion list by clicking on “mailing lists”, then "disease specific lists", and choosing “ovarian.”

Ovarian Cancer National Alliance Support Community
Contact: www.inspire.com/groups/ovarian-cancer-national-alliance
Comments: Connects patients, families, friends and caregivers for support and inspiration. Sponsored by the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance in partnership with Inspire.

CancerCare
Contact: www.cancercare.org 1-800-813-4673
CancerCare is a national nonprofit organization that provides free online and telephone support groups led by professional oncology social workers for anyone affected by cancer.

 

 

 

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