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Behavioral Health Cancer Support Groups

The Northside Hospital Cancer Institute Psych-Oncology Program represents a specialty area within Behavioral Health Services with a focus on understanding and treating the social, psychological, emotional, spiritual and functional aspects of cancer.

Our virtual* patient and caregiver groups provide support, information and the opportunity to talk with others who understand. We offer the following support groups facilitated by our licensed clinical oncology social workers:


Acceptance & Commitment Therapy Group: Mindful Living With Cancer

Are you or a loved one in treatment for cancer? Are you overwhelmed with the confusion, fear and anxiety about the uncertainty of the future? You are not alone!

The Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Group is a virtual* group that aims to help manage anxiety during cancer treatments and survivorship over an 8-10 week session.

  • WHEN: Meets virtually* on Thursdays from 2:00 – 3:30 pm for 8-10 weeks.
  • 2022 Session Dates
  • Session 1: 3/24 – 5/26/2022
  • Session 2: 6/16 – 8/18/2022
  • Session 3: 9/8 – 11/10/2022

  • FACILITATED BY: X’Cel Cedeno, LPC

  • TO RSVP**: Contact X’Cel Cedeno, LPC at 770-721-9016 or Xcel.cedeno@northside.com.
    **RSVP 3 days prior to the scheduled group date.

Click here to view the Acceptance & Commitment Therapy Group Flyer


Brain Cancer Support Group

Have you been diagnosed with a brain tumor OR are you a caregiver for someone who has been diagnosed with a brain tumor?

  • WHEN: Meets virtually* the fourth Tuesday of every month from 11:30 a.m. — 12:45 p.m.

  • FACILITATED BY: Laura Karfeld, LCSW, OSW-C

  • TO RSVP**: Contact 770-205-5292, option # 5 or email laura.karfeld@northside.com.
    **RSVP is required 3 days prior to each scheduled group date.

Click here to view the Brain Cancer Support Group Flyer


Carrying the Weight of Caregiving?

A virtual* support group for caregivers. Let US support YOU!

TOPICS INCLUDE:

  • Grief and loss

  • Quality of life as a caregiver

  • Coping strategies for stress management during the pandemic

  • Making difficult decisions

  • Communicating effectively in challenging situations

  • Preventing caregiver burnout

  • A day in the life of a caregiver

  • WHEN: Meets virtually* the third Thursday of every month: 11:30 a.m. — 1 p.m.

  • FACILITATED BY: Lisa Mayes, LCSW

  • TO RSVP**: Contact 404-236-8462
    **RSVP is required 3 days prior to each scheduled group date.

Click here to view the Carrying the Weight of Caregiving Flyer


Virtual Cancer Support Group for Men: Living a Meaningful Life

A virtual* support group for men living with cancer

Are you a male that is living with a cancer diagnosis that affects various aspects of your life? Unsure of how to move forward being a loving and supportive husband, father, brother or son?

Our virtual* cancer support group offers the space and opportunity for men to share their cancer journey and related concerns with other men, who share similar experiences!

This group begins on 4/14/22

TOPICS INCLUDE:

  • Self-care/health and wellness
  • Impact on gender expression (e.g., masculinity)
  • Overcoming physical side-effects
  • Sexual health
  • Relationship of cancer and age
  • Coping strategies to improve mental health baseline

WHEN: Meets virtually* the second and fourth Thursday of each month : 10:30 a.m. — 12:00 p.m.

FACILITATED BY: Princeton Stewart, LCSW

TO RSVP**: Contact 770-292-7028 or email princeton.stewart@northside.com
**RSVP is required 3 days prior to each scheduled group date.

Click here to view the Male Cancer Support Group Flyer


Spanish Cancer Support Group

A different kind of support group for patients with cancer and their families – fully in Spanish. This support group will be offered virtually*.

Open to all patients with cancer, under treatment and survivors who speak Spanish and their families.

  • WHEN: Meets virtually* the last Wednesday of every month: 2-3 p.m. beginning 3/23/22

  • FACILITATED BY: X’Cel Cedeno, LPC

  • TO RSVP**: Contact X’Cel Cedeno, LPC at 770-721-9016 or Xcel.cedeno@northside.com.
    **RSVP 3 days prior to the scheduled group date.

Click here to view the Spanish Support Group Flyer (English)
Click here to view the Spanish Support Group Flyer (Spanish)


Trigeminal Neuralgia Support Group

A virtual* support group for individuals living with trigeminal neuralgia facial pain.

If you are living with trigeminal neuralgia (TN), you will be pleased to know there is a support group where you can participate in networking with others who are also living with this disease. You will have the opportunity to get information, psychoeducation, emotional support, and develop coping strategies. You will get a sense of validation, a deeper understanding of your disease and treatment from medical and therapeutic professionals, and improved self-advocacy in managing and ensuring a better quality of life.

  • WHEN: Meets virtually* once a quarter on the fourth Tuesday of the month:
    11 a.m. —12:30 p.m.
    2022 Dates: 2/22, 5/24, 8/23, 11/22

  • FACILITATED BY: Lisa Mayes, LCSW and Princeton Stewart, LCSW

  • TO RSVP**: Email sarai.senat@northside.com.
    **RSVP 3 days prior to the scheduled group date.

Click here to view the Trigeminal Neuralgia Support Group Flyer


Women’s Empowerment Group

A virtual* support group for women cancer survivors age 30 and older who are in treatment or in remission.

TOPICS INCLUDE:

  • Self-care/health and wellness
  • Intimacy/sexuality
  • Grief and loss
  • Relationships
  • New factors in your life since your diagnosis

  • WHEN: Meets virtually* the third Tuesday of every month: 11:30 a.m. — 12:45p.m.

  • FACILITATED BY: Laura Karfeld, LCSW, OSW-C

  • TO RSVP**: Contact 770-205-5292, option # 5 or email laura.karfeld@northside.com.
    **RSVP is required 3 days prior to each scheduled group date.

Click here to view the Women’s Empowerment Group Flyer


*Note: All groups are facilitated via a telehealth video platform. Once we register you to participate in the group, we will send you an email with the link to access the group. You will need to provide your email address with your RSVP. You will not need to download an app to join this group. Please use Google Chrome as this is the most compatible browser for our program. Also please use any device other than a smart phone if possible as phones have a tendency to cause audio and video distractions. In addition, be sure to minimize back ground noise to reduce distractions to the other group participants. Thank you in advance for your consideration.