Cancer Support Groups & Programs

Support Groups

Advanced GYN Support Group

Free group for emotional support and sharing.

For: Patients with advanced gynecologic cancers 

When: Meets the second Wednesday of each month, 4 p.m.-5:30 p.m.

Pre-registration required.

Register now: Call Anne Clemente at 434.924.2717.

Head and Neck Cancer Support Group

Second Wind Support Group includes present and former head and neck cancer patients and families, plus professionals from the clinic. Join us to share ideas, support, questions and experiences. For 20 years, group members have benefited from shared knowledge, compassion and humor. Schedule upcoming appointments on group meeting days for added convenience.

When: Last Thursday of each month, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. (third Thursday in Nov. and Dec.)

Where: Fontaine Research ParkVirginia Department of Forestry, 900 Natural Resources Drive, Conference Room #1175

Cost: Free; parking validation provided

Contact: Social Worker, Paula Capobianco, at 434.924.9333

Multiple Myeloma Support Group

Free emotional support and periodic educational sessions.

For: Patients at any stage of illness

Location: 4th floor, UVA Cancer Center

When: Third Wednesday of each month, 6 p.m.-7:30 p.m.

Registration not required. Join at any time.

Questions? Call Anne Clemente at 434.924.2717.

Oral, Head & Neck Support Group

Get free support and therapeutic counseling. Learn tips to better manage the disease, symptoms and side effects.

For: Patients, caregivers

Location: Fontaine Research Park Forestry Building

When: Fourth Thursday of each month, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. (Third Thursdays in Nov and Dec)

Registration not required. Join at any time. 

Call Paula Capobianco at 434.924.9333.

Caregiver Café

Our chaplain provides emotional support and offers educational resources and tips for self-care. Gather with others as you learn how to slow down and take time for yourself. 

For: Caregivers, families

Location: 2nd-floor waiting area, near the elevators

Registration not required. Join at any time.

Call Julie Perry, chaplain, at 434.924.9333.

Look Good Feel Better

Free American Cancer Society® program teaching women undergoing cancer treatment how to cope with skin changes and hair loss. 

For: Patients

Pre-registration required.

Call Tabatha Ferrell at 434.924.9333.

Tobacco Support Groups

Learn about and experience strategies to help quit smoking, including medication, hypnosis, acupuncture, stress reduction and more.

For: Patients, caregivers, community members


Quit Smoking Charlottesville

Charlottesville/Albemarle Health Department

Questions? Call 434.465.1851.

Quit Smoking FluCo & Louisa

Bybee's Road Baptist Church

Questions? Call 434.972.6244.

Support Programs

Exercise Program

A one-on-one session with an exercise physiology student who will create an individualized exercise program to meet your goals and help improve your health. This meeting will take 1 – 1.5 hours initially, along with follow-up phone calls to assess your progress and outcomes.

For: Patients

Call Sara Yoder at 434.924.9333

Patient & Caregiver Orientation Class

Learn how to prepare for appointments, what to expect and about resources and support services available.

For: New patients, current patients and caregivers 

Location: 1st-floor support services hallway, near the café

Registration not required. Join at any time. 

Call Tabatha Ferrell at 434.924.9333.

Resource Connection

The patient educator can help you:

  • Learn about cancer education resources
  • Get connected to services and classes
  • Set up your MyChart account
  • Conduct medical research

For: Patients, caregivers, staff

Location: Patient & Caregiver Learning Resource Center, 3rd-floor waiting area

Registration not required. Join at any time.

Call Tabatha Ferrell at 434.924.9333.

Ask the Expert

Monthly program where experts come in and provide information to patients and caregivers about various topics. Topics vary by month.

Location: Patient & Caregiver Learning Resource Center

Registration not required. Join at any time.