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Part of a treatment and healing process is receiving support. University of Missouri Health Care offers multiple support groups for adult patients and families. Various groups are offered for individuals facing cancer, living with diabetes, choosing bariatric surgery for their weight-loss journey, recovering from a stroke and more.

“I think a lot of people come because they want to help someone else,” said Debra Palmer, MSW, LCSW, a social worker at Ellis Fischel Cancer Center. “We find that patients who come together with a common diagnosis can support one another as they go through treatment. We have patients at all stages of treatment, including those who have completed their treatments. They can encourage those who are starting.”

Palmer serves as a liaison for the center’s Leukemia, Lymphoma and Myeloma Support Group and Head and Neck Cancer Support Group.

All support groups are free and open to the public.

Learn more about these support groups:

Ellis Fischel Cancer Center offers or assists groups for patients facing breast cancer, head and neck cancer, lung cancer, leukemia, lymphoma, myeloma and thyroid cancer. 

The Cosmopolitan International Diabetes and Endocrinology Center hosts support groups for patients who use insulin pumps and Mizzou students living with diabetes.

Missouri Bariatric Services offers support groups in Columbia and Jefferson City. Patients can sign up online to receive reminders for the support groups.

The Missouri Neurosciences Center offers or assists groups for patients and families touched by sleep apnea, Parkinson’s disease and stroke.

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