More Support Resources

 Below is a listing of support services (Classes/Workshops, Support Groups, and Other Support Services) for cancer patients and families at UNC Lineberger and in the area. Please refer to the Comprehensive Cancer Support Program and the Patient & Family Resource Center and visit the online calendar of events.  Contact the Patient & Family Resource Center at (984) 974-8100 for the most complete and current listings. Don’t hesitate to contact us.

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Services & Programs

General Info

Contact Info


Comprehensive Cancer Support Program (CCSP)

A wide range of educational & clinical services for cancer patients

& their families. We are committed to providing compassionate care to people & their loved ones whose lives have been touched by cancer.

Patient & Family Resource Center (919) 843-­‐0680

most services free


Part of traditional Chinese medicine, it has shown to be effective in relieving some symptoms caused by cancer treatment. Our board certified physician & specialist in traditional Chinese medicine can help decide if acupuncture may benefit you.

Call 919-­‐957-­‐9600 for an appointment

per insurance

Cancer Genetics Program

Program provides consultations for those who may be at increased risk of developing cancer. Family history is often one clue to possibility of genetic predisposition to cancer. Other situations may prompt a referral to this clinic, including diagnosis of cancer at a young age, unusual

Cancer Genetics Clinics held on Mon-­‐Wed & Fri, from 8:30am-­‐3:00pm, on 2nd floor of N.C. Cancer Hospital. An appointment in the Genetics clinic can be scheduled by calling 919-­‐843-­‐ 8724.

We help by testing free of charge in house

Cancer Transitions

Cancer Transitions is a FREE 2 ½-­‐hour, 4-6-­‐week workshop to help cancer survivors and their caregivers make the transition from active treatment to post-­‐ treatment care.

Meet other survivors, get your questions answered and learn how to move forward and positively impact your life. Expert panelist including physicians, nutritionists,

nurses and fitness experts will discuss topics such as: Get Back to Wellness, Healthy Eating Post-­‐Treatment, Medical Care and Surveillance, Physical Activity, and Emotional Health and Wellbeing. You will learn about exercise tailored to each participant’s abilities, training in relaxation and stress management and tips for nutritious eating. Times vary. Visit or call

984-­‐974-­‐8100 for more information.



Exercise & stress management: Get REAL & HEEL

Get REAL & HEEL, a free exercise and wellness program designed to help cancer patients who have completed treatment.

When: 16 week program beginning at different times during the year.  Where: Chapel Hill NC. For more information call 919-­‐962-­‐1222 or

Mrs. Kelly Hermanson, Program Coordinator, 919-­‐ 962-­‐1222,


Exercise: UNC Wellness Center Meadowmont -­‐ LiveFit Exercise Program

LiveFit Cancer Exercise Program is 10-­‐wk exercise program for cancer survivors who've been treated within last year. Program limited to 6-­‐12 people.

Contact the UNC Wellness Center at Meadowmont at 919-966-5500 or visit



$175 non-­‐ members

Exercise & stress management: Yoga Classes

Whether you are in treatment, a cancer survivor, or a caregiver, join us for a yoga practice that will integrate a variety of poses & breathing techniques to calm the mind & stretch & strengthen the body.

Mondays & Wednesdays: UNC Wellness at Meadowmont, Studio A 2:00-3:30 pm

Fridays: Wholistic Health Studio, 10:00-11:30am, 1000 Hackberry Ln, Durham

Please call either 984-974-8100 or 919-966-9519 for more information

Cost of the class is $5

Expressive Arts: Writing and Healing for Caregivers

A writing workshop for UNC Cancer Care caregivers. No experience is needed.

Tuesdays 12-1, location UNC Memorial Hospital Chapel. Contact Heidi Gessner at for more info.


Financial Assistance at UNC

For patients who don't have insurance or concern with paying medical bill; handles housing issues & processes Charity Care Cases -­‐ for charity cases, fax application to 919-­‐966-­‐9399 and call 919-­‐966-­‐3425 to discuss

Contact the Financial Counselor at 919-966-3435



Health Information

Cancer information from UNC Health Sciences Library

Librarians at UNC's Health Sciences Library can help you find the health information you need!

Call, drop by, or send go here and get immediate reply:



Integrative Medicine Consults

& Services

Consultation with board certified physician & specialist in complementary & alternative therapies, such as dietary supplements & mind-­‐body therapies help decide which complementary therapies are right for you.

For more information contact CPII at 919-­‐966-3494 or 984-­‐974-­‐8100.





Legal Clinic/ UNC Cancer Hospital ProBono Legal Clinic

UNC Cancer Care patients and caregivers get free help with powers of attorney and living wills.

Free assistance with preparing Advanced Directives (Living Wills), Health Care Powers of Attorney and Durable Powers of Attorney


Look Good Feel Better at UNC, Rex

& Duke

A free beauty makeover program created to help women with cancer look good, improve their self-­‐esteem, & manage their treatment & recovery with greater confidence. Free makeup kit provided.

(1) UNC: 3rd Mon of each month 10-­‐12pm. Stop by Pt & Family Resource Center to reserve. Contact Pam Baker at (919) 843-­‐0680. (2)Rex: 1st Mon of month 10am-­‐12pm at Cancer Center Auditorium Call American Cancer Society 1(888) 227-­‐6333. (3) Duke: Duke Cancer Pt Support Program 919-­‐684-­‐4497


Lymphedema Therapy

Lymphedema therapy reduces & controls swelling to redirect the flow of fluids in the body.

Please call 984-974-9700 for information
UNC Hospital Center for Rehabilitation Care 
1807 N. Fordham Blvd, Chapel Hill, NC .Referral from a doctor or nurse is required.  

Price varies, call for info.


For patients and caregivers

Available for oncology patients staying in the hospital, Tuesday-Thurs by appointment. Call 984-974-8100 for more information



The outpatient oncology dietitians provide individual nutrition counseling, group classes, & educational programs. Registered dietitians understand many of the challenges related to treatment for

& recovery from cancer.

For an appointment with a dietitian, please contact Sherri Jeffries at: 919-­‐445-­‐5557, or send an e-­‐mail request to Jennifer Spring, or Mandy Holliday,


Pastoral Care

Regardless of religious background or spiritual practice, patients are empowered to take action & use their faith for their own recovery & improved quality of life. Many find their spiritual life may be strengthened & deepened, & a sense of meaning, purpose & connection can be found during a­‐ care 919-­‐445-­‐5400, M-­‐F, 9:00am-­‐5:30pm in chaplain's office, lobby level of N.C. Cancer Hospital. Weeknights & throughout weekend, call chaplain at 919-­‐966-­‐9205, page 919-­‐123-­‐3288 or operator at 919-­‐966-­‐4131 -­‐ask for on-­‐call chaplain.


Patient & Family Resource Center

Education, support, comfort services: library & programs, computer access & fax, wigs & head coverings, movies, recliners, computerized massage table, Friday Family Coffee, community referrals for UNC cancer patients & their families.

NC Cancer Hospital, Main Lobby Level (Ground Floor) Hours for Education Center Assistance: 8:30 am – 5:00 pm



Patient & Family Resource Center’s: The Mary Anne Long Brighter Image Boutique

Services include: fitting with a new or gently used wig on loan, comfortable head coverings for men & women, hat & scarf-­‐trying ideas & instruction, comfort items such as soft socks & blankets, mastectomy bras, journals for writing, referrals to community & online resources.

Located in the Patient & Family Resource Center. Hours of Boutique Assistance: 9:00 am-­‐ 4:00 pm. Appointments are encouraged to allow our staff time to provide more personalized service. To schedule & appointment: 984-­‐974-­‐8100

No charge-­‐ Some restrictions may apply

Counseling/Mental Health

Providing psychosocial support & psychiatric consultation for both inpatients & outpatients; individual, couples, family, & group psycho-­‐therapy; & management of depression, anxiety, cognitive impairment, & other symptoms associated with cancer & its treatment.

Appts for Counseling: 919-­‐966-­‐3494
Psychiatric Referrals: Medication Clinic: 919-­‐966-­‐ 3494


Reproductive Health & Infertility

UNC Fertility provides full range of treatment opportunities for reproductive age women & men who are about to undergo treatments that threaten future fertility. This includes consultation visits, sperm banking, egg or embryo banking, etc. We also see men & women after cancer treatments who have questions about reproductive options.

UNC Fertility Preservation Clinic: 877-­‐338-­‐4693 Academic: 919-­‐966-­‐5283, Fax: 919-­‐966-­‐5214

E-­‐mail: Website:

May be a discount; counselor 919-­‐843-­‐


SECU Family House

Provides housing, healing, & hope to families with an adult patient being treated for a critical illness or injury at UNC Hospitals or its affiliated clinics. This includes bus service to & from UNC Hospitals, laundry facilities, a help-­‐yourself pantry with snacks & food staples,

& access to a library with Internet resources.; Call 919-­‐932-­‐8000; 123 Old Mason Farm Road, Chapel Hill, NC 27517;  Nightly charge of $35-$45 for rooms, or $50 to $60 for 1 of 8 fully equipped suites; Reduced rates sometimes available, but everyone must pay minimal amount.

See Rates

Social Work at UNC

UNC Social Work services can help you cope with your disease and its treatment, find support near your home and help you manage the cost of your care.

Patients who are: Adults: (984) 974-­‐8367 Kids: (984) 974-­‐8373


Supportive Care Team

Helps manage side effects of cancer treatment & cancer-­‐related problems such as pain, nausea, & fatigue. This service is available to patients from the beginning of their treatment through survivorship.

For more information, call the Supportive Care Coordinator (919) 966-­‐1500

per insurance

Breast Survivorship Clinic Visits

A transition visit can help you move from active treatment to life after cancer treatment. You'll see an oncology nurse practitioner & be given a personalized Survivorship Care Plan.

Let your doctor or nurse know that you are interested in having a transition visit. Call the Breast Cancer Survivorship Clinic at 984-974-7476 or email



Tobacco Cessation

UNC Nicotine Dependence Program provides free support for cancer patients who want to quit smoking or using other tobacco products. A certified tobacco treatment specialist will help you make a plan for becoming tobacco-­‐ free and provide regular follow-­‐up.

To schedule an appointment or make a referral: Call  984 974-8453 or visit

Counseling free; patient pays for medications

Support Groups/ Gatherings

General Info

Contact Info


Bereavement Support Groups

Includes Spouse Loss Support, Sharing our Stories, Community Grief Recovery

Multiple locations, multiple times. Contact Heidi Gessner at 984-974-4021 or

or visit


Bone Marrow Transplant (BMT) Caregivers

For caregivers of UNC BMT Unit patients

First and third Saturday of each month at 3 pm, location: BMT inpatient unit. Lead by RN’s


Breast Cancer Support for Young Women

A Breast Cancer Support Group for young women ages 18-­‐45 with Breast Cancer; Child care may be available.

change location and time: Tuesdays 7-8:30 UNC Wellness at Meadowmont: more info


Sisters Network of the Triangle, Breast Cancer Support Group for African American Women.

For more information contact 919.490.1571

When: 4th Thursdays of the month, 6 pm – 7:30 pm. Where: Kappas of Durham Foundation Community Center 3917 Fayetteville St. Durham, NC 27707.


Cancer Prayer Support Group

Call 919-­‐219-­‐4801 for more information.

When: 1st & 3rd Monday of the Month, 7—8 PM. Where:  Wake Forest Baptist Church.


Caregiver Conversations

For people caring for a loved one with cancer Planned topics & social time for caregivers.

   Call 984-974-8100 for more information



Caregiver Meditation Group

Participate in different types of meditation for healing and wellness.

Weekly from 12:15-12:45, Ground Floor, NC Cancer Hospital Chapel



Caregiver Dinners

For caregivers of UNC patients. Open to any cancer caregiver.

When: Thursdays, 4:30-5:30PM

Where: BMT Unit and 4 Oncology
Contact Volunteer Services at UNC

Phone: (984) 974-4793


Coping with Cancer

For cancer patients and caregivers.

When: 1st Wednesday of the Month, 6—7:30 PM. Where:  Rex Cancer Center Auditorium.


Friday Family Coffee and Crafts

Coffee and crafts for patients & caregivers.

When:  Fridays, 9:00—11:00 AM.

Where:  Patient and Family Resource Center.


I CANcer: Adolescent & Parent Support Groups

For hematology/oncology patients ages 12 & up. Parents meet separately.  Pizza, drinks & cameras provided (for photography).

When: 2nd Wednesday of the Month, 5—6:15 PM. Where:  Pediatric Oncology Clinic, Level 1.

Call Stephanie Mazze at 984-974-8689



For kids ages 6-­‐18 who have a parent or caregiver with cancer.

When:  3rd Monday of the Month, 6—8:00 PM. Where:  Rex Cancer Center Auditorium. Call 919-­‐ 784-­‐1056 to RSVP.


Living with Metastatic or Advanced Cancer

For cancer patients with advanced disease.

When: 1st & 3rd Wednesday of Month, 3—4:30 PM. Where:  Cornucopia Cancer Support Center.


Minority Prostate Health and Education Group

This group is for men with prostate health and cancer issues.

Facilitated by Larry Green.

When: 2nd Tuesday, 6:30-­‐8:30 pm  Where: Lincoln Community Health Center, Conference Room B, in Durham


Oral, Head and Neck Cancer Support

For patients with oral, head or neck cancer.

When: 3rd Wednesday of the Month, 6—7 PM. Where:  Cornucopia Cancer Support Center.


Sharing Hope Support Group

For people with metastatic/recurrent cancer.

When: 3rd Wednesday of the Month, 10:30 AM—12 Noon.

Where:  Rex Cancer Center Auditorium.


Single Fathers Support Program

For fathers who are single parents due to the loss of a spouse from cancer.

When: 3rd Tuesdays of the Month, 6—7:30 PM. Where:  SECU Family House

Visit for more information. New participants please call 984-974-8113


Stupid Cancer Happy Hour!

For young adults affected by cancer.

When:  2nd Tuesday of the Month, 7—9 PM. Where: Rotating Triangle Locations. Visit


Support for People with Oral and Head and Neck Cancer (SPOHNC)

Facilitated by Dave Gould.

When: 3RD Wednesday, 3pm (takes June thru August off)

Where:  Cornucopia Cancer Support Center call 919/493-­‐8168 or send an email to


Support Groups at Rex Cancer Center

Numerous support groups, classes

& programs for patients, family members & loved ones. Also physical image & recovery services.

Coping with Cancer (for Patients & Caregivers) Rex Cancer Ctr of Raleigh call Kimberly Fradel 919-­‐ 784-­‐6863

Rex Cancer Ctr of Wakefield call Karen Hansen 919-­‐ 570-­‐7564

Sharing Hope: Rex Cancer Ctr of Raleigh call Terri Kuczynski 919-­‐784-­‐3492

Breast Cancer Network: Rex Cancer Ctr  call Navigation office 919-­‐784-­‐1056


Support Groups at Duke

Numerous support groups, classes

& programs for patients

Contact Duke Cancer Patient Support Program at 919-­‐684-­‐4497


Triangle Area Multiple Myeloma Support


When: 4th Saturday of the Month, 10AM—12 Noon. Where: Westminster Presbyterian Church

Call 682-­‐472-­‐1796 or email


Triangle Area Ostomy Association

For patients with any ostomy and their caregivers

When:  1st Tuesday of the Month, 7:30 PM. Where: Rex Hospital, Same Day Surgery Waiting. Visit


Triangle Bladder Cancer Support

For bladder cancer patients and caregivers.

When: 2nd Tuesday of the Month, 7:00—8:30 PM. Where:  SECU House

Contact: email: David Langham


Wake County Prostate Cancer Network

For prostate cancer patients and caregivers.

When: 2nd Thursday of the Month, 7—9:00 PM. Where:  Rex Cancer Center Auditorium.


Area Resources

General Info

Contact Info


Care Pages

CarePages websites are free patient blogs that connect friends and family during.  It's an online community of people who come together to share the challenges, hopes and triumphs of anyone facing a life-­‐changing health event. Phone Support: call (888) 852-­‐5521

CarePages, Inc. 345 Hudson Street 16th Fl New York, NY 10014

Ph: (646) 728-­‐9500 Fax: (646) 728-­‐9503


Cornucopia Cancer Support Center

A place where anyone touched by cancer can find support & resources to live life to the fullest. We accomplish this by supporting mind, body & spirit of those journeying with cancer, families & caregivers through body relaxation and energy therapies, movement classes, individual/group support,

& information & resources, all in a non-­‐clinical setting. Also see Peer Connect below.

Cornucopia Cancer Support Center;   919-­‐401-­‐9333

; 5517 Durham Chapel Hill Blvd NC 27707;;



Facing Our Risk Cancer Empowered (FORCE)

Founded on the principle that no one should have to face hereditary breast and ovarian cancer alone. Our mission is to improve the lives of individuals and families affected by hereditary breast and ovarian cancer.

Katerina Gmitter;;                        FORCE Raleigh Outreach Coordinator 908-­‐433-­‐4273


Magnolia Meals

A meal delivery program for patients with breast cancer and their families. For details, visit

Delivered to patients   homes in Raleigh-­‐Durham area for up to 2 months after enrollment if meet eligibility criteria.

Free if eligible

New Life After Cancer

New Life After Cancer is a unique cancer support program that seeks to promote survivorship by providing the knowledge & insight to help breast cancer survivors to embrace change & adopt healthy, sustainable lifestyles that will

3800 Riders Trail, Hillsborough, NC 27278; call 919-­‐ 901-­‐0351; To join mailing list, email; Workshops & retreats, contact or call 919-­‐901-­‐0351

Tuition; 1/2 support by grants & donations

Peer Connect

A confidential peer-­‐support program that connects anyone touched by cancer with other person who has similar experiences. Relationship is between PARTNER (someone looking for support from cancer survivor or caregiver) & a GUIDE (someone whose had similar experience with cancer).

To learn more, call (919) 401-­‐9333



Sisters Network

Committed to increasing local & national attention to the devastating impact that breast cancer has in the African-­‐American community; a leading voice & only national African American breast cancer survivorship organization in the United States.

Valarie C. Worthy, President -­‐ 919.490.1571(phone) 919.493.6714   (fax)



You may need transportation, home care, or other services: The National Cancer Institute The American Cancer Society

The National Cancer Institute’s Cancer Information Service: 1-­‐800-­‐4-­‐CANCER (1-­‐800-­‐422-­‐6237). They

can help you find resources.

The American Cancer Society (ACS):  1-­‐800-­‐ACS-­‐ 2345 (1-­‐800-­‐227-­‐2345); nonprofit group that helps people with cancer & their families.


Young Survival Coalition (YSC)

The premier global organization dedicated to the critical issues unique to young women who are diagnosed with breast cancer. YSC offers resources, connections and outreach so women feel supported, empowered and hopeful.

Katerina Gmitter;;;

Young Survival Coalition State Leader;  908-­‐433-­‐ 4273



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