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

  • Bosom Buddies: A breast cancer support group 
    • The group meets on the second Monday of every month from 6 to 7 p.m.
    • Meetings are held at Hanover Medical Park at Regional Medical Center in the conference room right off the cafeteria
    • 8222 Meadowbridge Road, Mechanicsville, Virginia 23116 
    • Contact Freda Wilkins, S.W., M.Div., at (804) 305-2709 for details.
  • Women's Support Group is a group for women with all forms of cancer, who are also newly diagnosed and have school age children. 
    • The group meets on the 4th Monday of every month from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
    • Meetings are held at Stony Point 9000 in the Patient Resource Library on the 2nd Floor
    • Contact Freda Wilkins, S.W., M.Div., at (804) 305-2709 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 every month from 7 to 8:30 p.m.
    • Meetings are held at Stony Point 9000 in the Patient Resource Library on the 2nd Floor
    • For information, contact Sarah Stein, Patient Access & Education Manager, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society at (804) 673-5690 (ext. 6705) or Karen Mullin, Massey Cancer Center at (804) 628-3861.
  • Greater Richmond New Voice Club is a support group for laryngectomees and their caregivers.
    • The group meets on the fourth Thursday of every month from 6 to 7 p.m.
    • Meetings are held at Stony Point 9000 in the Patient Resource Library on the 2nd Floor
    • Contact Jenny Hagan, B.M, M.Ed., CCC-SLP, at (804) 628-0905 for more information.
  • Supporting Overcomers and Survivors is a support group for anyone affected by cancer.
    • This group meets on the third Thursday of every month from 6 to 7 p.m.
    • Meetings are held at the Petersburg Public Library at 201 W Washington St, Petersburg, VA 23803
    • Contact Katelyn Schifano at (804) 828-9724 for more information.
  • The Richmond Area Lymphedema Support Group meets meets every third Tuesday of each month from 6:30-8 p.m. in the first-floor boardroom of Retreat Hospital at 2612 Grove Ave., Richmond, VA. The group does not meet November-January due to the holidays. The support group is open to anyone experiencing lymphedema regardless of cancer type. Those interested in learning more should contact Patty Donovan at (804) 270-9071.

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.