Virginia Commonwealth University

VCU Massey Cancer Center

Support groups

Receiving a diagnosis of cancer may be one of the most disruptive changes to anyone’s life. Where to turn for support? What services are available? How will it affect day-to-day life?

At VCU Massey Cancer Center, we provide services to help patients and families cope with the daily problems that can happen when facing cancer.

Massey offers a wide variety of support services, including free support groups. These groups are formed based on the needs and interests of our patients. Please call our resource librarians at (804) 828-8709 to express your support group needs and to learn about existing support groups. If you reside outside of the Richmond area, please contact your local chapter of the American Cancer Society or local hospitals for resources available in your community.

Current cancer support groups at Massey

  • A general cancer support group is provided by Massey for patients, survivors, caregivers and anyone else affected by cancer. The meetings will offer open and confidential discussions, guest speakers and cancer-related topics, as well as the opportunity to network with others who share similar experiences.
    • The group meets on the second Wednesday of the month from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.
    • Meetings are held at VCU Massey in the Linen-Powell Patient Resource Library, North Hospital, Ground Floor
    • For information, contact Connie Macaluso at (804) 628-2106 or Whitney Burton at (804) 828-1066.
  • A breast cancer support group provided by Massey is held on the second Monday of every month from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the Conference Room at the Memorial Regional Medical Center, 8260 Atlee Road in Mechanicsville. Contact Mila Schimpf, R.N., at (804) 550-1839 for details.
  • A blood cancers support group is offered by the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society in tandem with VCU Massey for those seeking support around a diagnosis of leukemia, hodgkin lymphoma, non-hodgkin lymphoma or myeloma. Meetings are open to patients, family members, friends and survivors. The group facilitators are Karen Mullin, MSW and Judith Levy, M.Ed.
    • The group meets on the 4th Tuesday of the month from 7 to 8:30 p.m.
    • Meetings are held in the Women's Health Clinic Staff Education Room, VCU Stony Point Medical Center, 9000 Stony Point Parkway, Richmond.
    • For information, contact Geri Stahl, Patient Services Manager, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society at (804) 673-5690 (ext. 6705) or Karen Mullin, Massey Cancer Center at (804) 628-3861.
  • An oral, head and neck cancer support group offered by Massey provides mutual support and information sharing in a confidential setting.
    • The group meets on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m.
    • Meetings are held at VCU Massey in the Thalhimer Conference Room of the Goodwin Research Laboratory, 401 College Street, Richmond.
    • For information, contact Kathryn Hamilton or Kathi Judy at 628-1029.

NOTE: Please call one of the group facilitators to confirm time and location, as these meetings are subject to change to best suit the needs of attendees.

Look Good... Feel Better workshops

Look Good... Feel Better (LGFB) programs are available to women and offer practical guidelines to help deal with some of the side effects of cancer treatment – skin changes, hair loss, stress and other issues. The program teaches beauty techniques that combat the appearance-related side effects of cancer.

These workshops are free, but registration is required. Patients should be undergoing chemotherapy or radiation treatments, or recently have finished with their treatments, to participate.

For complete information, visit the Web site Look Good... Feel Better, and view the details for the area in which you live.