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Cancer may cause you to feel isolated and disconnected from even your closest loved ones. Cancer patients, survivors, and their loved ones can gain both insight and strength to better cope with their disease and life changes through interaction with others undertaking similar journeys. Support groups provide this opportunity in a safe, confidential environment which is facilitated by health care professionals.


Cancer Caregiver Support Group
Meets fourth Tuesday of every month, 5:30-6:30 p.m., Ellis Fischel Cancer Center, One Hospital Drive, Main Street Conference Room, 1st floor.
(573) 884-1509

Head and Neck Cancer Support Group
Meets second Wednesday of every month, 5:30-6:30 p.m., Ellis Fischel Cancer Center, One Hospital Drive,in the Resouce Center, 2nd floor. Group Liasons: Diane Oakley RN, Deb Palmer MSW, LCSW and Jill Crossland RD (573) 884-1509

Leukemia-Lymphoma-Multiple Myeloma Support Group
Meets second Monday of every month, 5:30 to 7 p.m., at Ellis Fischel Cancer Center, One Hospital Drive, in the Resouce Center, 2nd floor. Group Liasons: Lisa Holm RN and Deb Palmer MSW, LCSW
(573) 884-1509

Look Good Feel Better
A free program by the American Cancer Society that teaches beauty techniques to women cancer patients in active treatment to help them combat the appearance related side effects of cancer treatment. To find out about session dates and locations please call the American Cancer Society at 800-227-2345 to register.

Mid-Missouri Breast Cancer Awareness Group
Meets the second Wednesday of every month, 6 to 7 p.m. at various locations. Please contact Kathy to confirm location. Group Liason: Kathy Windmoeller  (573) 999-4195 or (573) 443-0622

Mid-Missouri Lung Cancer Support Group
Meets second Thursday of every month, 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Boone Electric Cooperative, Community Room, 1413 Rangeline in Columbia. Group Liasons: Blanche Lasta RN, Thoracic Nurse Navigator (573) 882-4896 or Deborah Filer MSW (573) 884-1512

Thyroid Support Group
Online support group. Please contact John Roberson for further information. 573-884-1509

All events are free of charge. If you have any questions or need a list of resources, please contact the Ellis Fischel Cancer Center, Patient and Family Services Dept at (573) 884-1509




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