Support groups can help you or your loved ones cope with the emotional aspects of cancer by providing a safe place to share experiences and learn from others who are facing similar situations.
The free support groups listed below meet at the Parkview Comprehensive Cancer Center, 11141-11143 Parkview Plaza Drive (Entrance 4), on the Parkview Regional Medical Center campus in Fort Wayne.
Supportive Care Workshop
This skills-based class is designed to provide support, education and resource materials to cancer patients and caregivers. Refreshments are provided.
This program is designed to help you:
Understand cancer and its treatments
Cope with stress
Deal with changing family roles
Meet the physical and emotional needs of your loved one
Improve your mental and physical health
Learn about community resources
The group is led by social work specialist Valerie Panning, MSW, LMSW, and nurse navigators Gail Keuneke, RN, BSN, CCM, and Lynn Gerig, RN, BSN, OCN, CBCN.Dates: Second and fourth Wednesdays of each month
Meeting time: Second and fourth Wednesdays of each month, Noon – 1 p.m.
For more information, e-mail Valerie.Panning@parkview.com or call (260) 266-9100.
Conquering Breast Cancer
This group, sponsored by Parkview and Cancer Services of Northeast Indiana, is for anyone who has – or has ever had – breast cancer. Presentations by guest speakers cover a variety of inspirational and health-and-lifestyle-related topics.
Meeting time: third Tuesday of each month, 6:30 – 8: 30 p.m.
For more information, contact Denise at (260) 602-6803 or Tina at Cancer Services of Northeast Indiana at
(260) 484-9560 or (866) 484-9560.
This group of women under the age of 45 share and support one another through the unique challenges young women with a breast cancer diagnosis face. Any woman diagnosed with breast cancer before the age of 45 is encouraged to attend, regardless of treatment stage.
Meeting time: Second Wednesday of each month, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
For information, contact Jen Will at firstname.lastname@example.org or (260) 417-7992.
Prostate Cancer Networking Group
This group is sponsored by Parkview, Parkview Physicians Group – Urology and Cancer Services of Northeast Indiana. It is open to patients with a prostate cancer diagnosis. Please note that this group meets at the Parkview Center For Healthy Living, 11123 Parkview Plaza Drive, Entrance 2C, Suite 200.
Meeting time: First Thursday of the month, 6:30 – 8 p.m.
For more information, contact Cancer Services at (260) 484-9560 or (866) 484-9560.
Leukemia, Lymphoma & Myeloma Group
This group is sponsored by Parkview, Cancer Services of Northeast Indiana, and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. It is open to patients living with any of these blood-and-bone-marrow-related cancers.
Meeting time: Second Wednesday of each month, 10 – 11:30 a.m.
For information, contact Cancer Services at (260) 484-9560 or toll free at (866) 484-9560.
Lymphedema Support Group
This group is sponsored by Parkview and Cancer Services of Northeast Indiana. It is open to all people who are living with lymphedema.
Meeting time: Second Thursday of January, March, May, July, September and November, 5:30 – 7 p.m.
For information, contact Kathy at (260) 266-1231.
Look Good…Feel Better
This group is sponsored by Parkview and the American Cancer Society. It is open to women with cancer who are actively undergoing treatment. A reservation is required. The presentation is by a licensed cosmetologist who provides cosmetic advice and hands-on instruction on makeup, skin care, and suggestions for using wigs, turbans, and scarves.
Saturday, July 12, 2014, 10 a.m. – Noon
Monday, Sept. 8, 2014 ,6 – 8 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014, 10 a.m. – Noon
For information or to make your reservation, contact the American Cancer Society at (800) 227-2345.