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Breast Cancer Support Groups and Events

The Johns Hopkins Breast Center offers support groups and special events across several hospital locations as well as other off-site locations to provide patients, families, caregivers, and friends an opportunity to connect with one another and learn how to cope with the various steps throughout the breast cancer journey. Specific event details are listed below. All events are free unless otherwise noted. 

Support Groups

Take a Walk Towards Hope & Healing

Thursday, September 25 | 6-8 p.m. | Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, Medicine Education Center (next to the Harrison Library)

This breast cancer survivor’s community program will include a walking and talking n the labyrinth outside at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. This is a free community program to support individuals in active or post-treatment. Light refreshments will be served and parking is free. 

RSVP to Cathi at 410-550-6690 or

Women in Treatment for Breast Cancer Support Group

Wednesday, October 8, November 12, December 10 | 6-8 p.m. | Free | Sibley Memorial Hospital, Renaissance Building, Patient Care Services Conference Room
You will have the opportunity to learn relaxation techniques, imagery and cognitive coping skills. Shared experiences are an important part of these sessions. Group is led by licensed, independent clinical social worker.
To register or for more information contact Margie Stohner, LICSW at 202-686-6335 or at

Facing Forward: A Post Treatment Breast Cancer Support Group

Monday, October 6, 13, 20, 27; November 3, 10 | 5:30-7 p.m. | Johns Hopkins Health Care and Surgery Center, 6420 Rockledge Drive, Bethesda MD 

This six-week support group is designed to address the unique feelings and concerns that survivors face upon the completion of cancer treatment. The group will be facilitated by Stephanie Stern, LCSW-C, oncology social worker. Open to women who have completed treatment within the past year. 

Registration required; call Susan Jacobstein at 301-896-6837.

Young Adults with Cancer Support Group

Tuesday, October 28, November 25, December 23 | 4-5:00 p.m. | Free | Sibley Memorial Hospital, Renaissance Building, Sullivan Breast Center Conference Room 
This ongoing monthly support group is designed for any cancer survivor in their 20s or 30s. The group provides a place where patients can meet with others going through similar experiences and gain support and friendship. Free parking provided.
To register or get more information, call Liz Carrino-Tamasi, MSW at 202-243-2274. 

Meditation and Mindfulness: Practices to Help Regulate the Stress Response After a Cancer Diagnosis

Tuesdays | 2-3 p.m. | Sibley Memorial Hospital, Renaissance Building, Conference Room 2
Thursdays| 7-8 p.m. | Sibley Memorial Hospital, Medical Building, Conference Room 4

Join others affected by a cancer diagnosis in a mindfulness meditation session. Come learn ways to regulate the stress response, discover a deeper sense of ease and gain a greater sense of balance and intentional choice in your life. Open to all cancer survivors, family members, and caregivers. Facilitated by Ann Gosling, Ph.D. 

To register or for more information, contact Pam Goetz at 202-243-2320 or at

Yoga for Women Cancer Survivors

Mondays | 7-8:15 p.m. | Sibley Memorial Hospital, call for exact room location
Wednesdays | 9:30- 10:45 a.m. | Sibley Memorial Hospital, Renaissance Building, Conference Room 

Amy Dara Hochberg teaches weekly meditative, gentle and restorative yoga using mindful movement, balance and breathing techniques to help women with a history of cancer reduce anxiety, improve quality of life and regain sense of self.  $7 per class, scholarships available. Walk-ins welcome with cash/check, if space permits.

Register online or contact Pam Goetz at 202-243-2320 or at



Tuesday, September 30 and November 18| 2-3:30 p.m. 
Lynda McIntyre, RD, LD, Oncology Dietitian Specialist, will lead a guided supermarket tour focusing on foods that are beneficial during and after cancer treatment. She will share shopping tips and healthy cooking advice while you sample food provided by Whole Foods. Have fun while you gain valuable information! Open to cancer survivors and their family members.
Registration required; visit or call 301-896-3939.

Surviving Survivorship: Living with Cancer Conference 

Saturday, October 11 | 12 - 4 p.m. | The BWI Airport Marriot Hotel, 1743 West Nursery Road, Linthicum, MD 21090

This second annual conference for cancer survivors and caregivers is free and will be inspirational and informative. Lunch, with a presentation about cutting-edge treatments envisioned for the future, will be served at noon followed by informative workshops designed specifically for patients and thier caregivers. 

Register online or contact Barry Miller at 410-955-8934 or at Please register by October 1, 2014. 

16th Annual "Living with Breast Cancer" Symposium: Making Healthy Choices 

Saturday, October 25 | 8:30 a.m.- 12 p.m. | Suburban Hospital, 8600 Old Georgetown Road, Bethesda MD

After a diagnosis of breast cancer, many women decide to incorporate healthy eating, exercise and other changes into their lives.  It can be difficult to know which recommendations are healthy and which are hype.  Join cancer nutrition consultant Lynda McIntyre, R.D., L.D.; lymphedema specialist, Janet Sobel and a Whole Foods healthy eating specialist, who will provide advice on strategies to help decrease the risk of recurrence, improve the immune system and optimize health. Open to all breast cancer survivors, family and friends. Breakfast will be provided.  

Registration required; visit or call 301-896-3939.

Look Good...Feel Better

Monday, September 22,  and November 24 | 1-3 p.m. | Sibley Memorial Hospital, 5255 Loughboro Road, NW, Washington, DC
Monday, October 27 | 1-3 p.m. | Johns Hopkins Health Care and Surgery Center, 6420 Rockledge Drive, Bethesda MD 

Women cancer patients in active treatment are invited to join us for Look Good…Feel Better. This free program will show you how to combat the appearance-related side effects of treatment. Trained, volunteer cosmetologists will demonstrate how to cope with skin changes and hair loss. Offered in partnership with the American Cancer Society. 

Registration required, visit or call 301-896-3939.

Fashion Saves Lives: Celebrating the Beauty of Breast Cancer Early Detection

Tuesday, October 28 | 7-10 p.m. | Port Discovery Children's Museum, 35 Market Pl, Baltimore, MD 21202

Don't miss the second edition of Fashion Saves Lives! Watch breast cancer survivors and celebrities take to the fashion runway, wearing the latest styles from Baltimore boutiques and designers, to show that with early detection, anything is possible...even walking the catwalk, feeling and looking beautiful. The event features tables of exhibitors, and Baltimore restaurants offering samples of their finest dishes.  VIP ticketholders will enjoy these benefits, and a privately-catered VIP lounge with guaranteed seating.

Register online

Yoga for Cancer Survivors

Wednesdays, November 5, 12, 19 | December 3, 10 | 6:30-7:45 p.m. | Johns Hopkins Health Care and Surgery Center, 6420 Rockledge Drive, Bethesda MD 

Restore and refresh your body, mind and spirit in gently paced classes that enhance strength, flexibility and balance. Taught by Maggie Rhoades. Open to all cancer survivors. No prior yoga experience is necessary. $30; scholarships available.

Registration required. Visit or call 301- 896-3939.

Managing Lymphedema: Discover Your Options:

Thursday, November 6 | Free | Online Webinar

Join Johns Hopkins experts and learn about treatment and management options for upper and lower extremity lymphedema, such as decongestive therapy and surgical options including lymphovenous bypass surgery and lymph node transfer. Plastic and Reconstructive surgeon Justin Sacks, M.D., and certified therapist Elizabeth Erhardt will discuss ways to manage your symptoms and provide answers to your questions.

Register online

Eating Well After Cancer Treatment

Tuesday, November 11 | 6-8 p.m. | Johns Hopkins Health Care and Surgery Center, 6420 Rockledge Drive, Bethesda MD 

After a diagnosis and treatment for cancer, many patients are interested in changing their dietary habits.  Join Kristin Vorel, clinical dietician, for tips on better eating and a cooking demonstration.  Be prepared to sample delicious, healthy dishes. Open to cancer survivors, family and friends.

Registration required. Visit or call 301- 896-3939.

Losing Weight and Lowering Risk: What You Need to Know About Women's Cancer and Nutrition

Tuesday, December 2 | 7-8 p.m. | Online Webinar 

Did you know that up to one-third of cancer deaths in women are attributed to excess body weight? During this interactive webinar, Director of Gynecologic Oncology, Amanda Fader, and oncology dietitian, Mary-Eve Brown discuss the correlations between excess weight and the risk of certain women's cancers.


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