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Breast Cancer Support Groups and Events

The Johns Hopkins Breast Center offers support groups, classes 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

Coping with Advanced Cancer Support Group

Meets the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month | October 13 and 27 | November 10 and 24 | December 8 and 22
11 a.m. – noon | Sibley Memorial Hospital | Sibley Medical Building, Radiation Oncology Conference Room | Free

This semi-monthly support group is for people living with advanced or metastatic cancer. The open discussion group is facilitated by Liz Carrino-Tamasi, MSW, and Emily Sower, NP-C. For more information and to register, call Liz Carrino-Tamasi at 202-243-2274.


Gynecologic Oncology Support Group

Meets the 2nd Tuesday of each month | Oct. 13, Nov. 10 and Dec. 8
2 – 3:30 p.m. | Sibley Memorial Hospital, Renaissance Building Sullivan Center for Breast Imaging Conference Room | Free

This ongoing monthly support group, open to all gynecologic cancer patients, provides a place to meet others with similar experiences and gain support and friendship. Facilitated by Liz Carrino-Tamasi, MSW, and Antoinette Solnik, RN. For more information and to register, contact Liz Carrino-Tamasi at 202-243-2274.


Women in Treatment for Breast Cancer Support Group

Meets the 2nd Wednesday of every month | October 14 | November 11 | December 9
6 – 8 p.m. | Sibley Memorial Hospital, Sibley Renaissance Building, Patient Care Services Conference Room (4th floor) | Free

Women in treatment for breast cancer will learn relaxation techniques, imagery and cognitive coping skills and will share experiences. Led by a licensed, independent social worker. Contact Margie Stohner, LICSW, at 202-686-6335 or mstoh@verizon.net for more information and to register.


Classes

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

Thursdays| 7 – 8 p.m. | Sibley Memorial Hospital, Sibley Medical Building, Conference Room 4 | Free

Patients, family members and caregivers will learn ways regulate the stress response, discover a deeper sense of ease and gain a greater sense of balance and intentional choice in their lives. No prior experience needed. Facilitated by Anne Gosling, PhD. Drop-ins welcome.

To register or for more information, contact Pam Goetz at 202-243-2320 or at pgoetz4@jhmi.edu


Yoga for Women Cancer Survivors

Mondays | 7 – 8:15 p.m. | Sibley Memorial Hospital, Innovation Hub | $7 per class | Scholarships available
Wednesdays | 10:00 – 11:15 a.m. | Sibley Memorial Hospital, Private Dining Room 3 | Free

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 to reduce anxiety, improve quality of life, and regain sense of self. The Wednesday class is geared toward women with balance issues or who have trouble getting down to the floor and back up.

Registration is required. To register or for more information, contact Pam Goetz at 202-243-2320 or at pgoetz4@jhmi.edu.


Now What?
Moving Forward After Breast Cancer Treatment: Myths & Facts About Lymphedema, Lifestyle Modifications, and Exercise

Third Wednesday of every other month beginning November 18 | 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. | Sibley Medical Building, Conference Room 5 | Free

While breast cancer treatment presents many challenges in a woman’s life, this time can be the beginning of a stronger, more energetic and healthier lifestyle. But how to safely get into an exercise program, or get back to what you’d been doing, can be confusing. New issues must be considered, such as lymphedema concerns, osteoporosis considerations, and posture correction. What is the best way to get back to what you love or find new forms of exercise? Join Janet Sobel, P.T., CLT-UE, as we explore these questions and guide you to the answers that will help you pursue your goals safely and with confidence.

Registration is required. To register or for more information, contact Pam Goetz at pgoetz4@jhmi.edu or 202-243-2320.


Special Events


Transitions After Treatment for Breast Cancer Workshop

October 1 | 5-8 p.m. | Sibley Memorial Hospital | Private Dining Room 3 | Free

This workshop will focus on concerns that often arise after surgery, chemo, and/or radiation for breast cancer. Occupational therapist and certified lymphedema specialist Amanda Kane will talk about the lymphatic system and  returning to daily functional and exercise activities after undergoing treatment for breast cancer. Margie Stohner, LICSW, will talk about common emotional, physical and relationship concerns that may arise during the time post-treatment. Coping strategies to enhance quality of life post-treatment will be discussed.

Registration required. To register or for more information, contact Margie Stohner, LICSW, at mstoh@verizon.net or 202-686-6335.


Look Good…Feel Better

Monday, November 23 | 1 – 3 pm | Free | Sibley Memorial Hospital, Renaissance Building, Conference Room 2

Women cancer patients in active treatment are invited to participate in this free program that teaches you how to combat appearance-related treatment side effects. A trained volunteer cosmetologist will demonstrate how to cope with skin changes and hair loss.

Registration is required. To register or for more information, contact Pam Goetz at pgoetz4@jhmi.edu or 202-243-2320.


Knowledge is Power: Breast Health

What Every Woman Needs to Know

Saturday, September 12 | 8:00 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. | Free | Sibley Memorial Hospital

Join the Sibley breast cancer team to learn the latest on breast imaging, chemotherapy and hormonal therapy, Her2 targeted therapy with early stage breast cancer, making sense of breast cancer genetics, demystifying radiation treatment and fertility preservation. Sibley’s Integrative Health practitioners will explain how they support cancer patients through acupuncture, nutrition, lymphedema risk reduction, oncology massage and psychosocial support. A continental breakfast will be provided. Free!

Registration is required. To register or for more information, contact Pam Goetz at pgoetz4@jhmi.edu or 202-243-2320.


Knowledge is Power: Ovarian Health and Genetics

Tuesday, September 15 6:30 – 8 p.m. | Free | Sibley Memorial Hospital

Join us to learn about ovarian cancer, genetics and how they are related. Dr. Marilyn Jerome Foust, gynecologist, will offer an overview of ovarian cancer; Dr. Reem Saadeh, Sibley Hospital geneticist will discuss genetics and genetics testing; and Dr. Deborah Armstrong will discuss ovarian markers, clinical trials and new treatments. A survivor, who has tested positive for BRCA genes, will share her perspective on carrying the gene mutation and subsequent medical decision she has made to improve her health. Dr. Jeffrey Lin, Sibley gynecologic oncology surgeon, will serve as moderator.

Registration is required. To register or for more information, contact Pam Goetz at pgoetz4@jhmi.edu or 202-243-2320.


Guided Cancer Nutrition Tour at Whole Foods

Tuesday, September 29 | 3 – 4 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 events.suburbanhospital.org or call (301) 896-3939.


17th Annual “Living With Breast Cancer” Symposium:
Learning to DE-Stress!

Note New Venue!

Due to construction at Suburban Hospital, this event will be held at the JHU Montgomery County Campus, 9601 Medical Center Drive, Rockville, MD 20850.

Saturday, October 26, 2015 | 8:30 a.m. – noon | Free

We know that too much stress can be harmful.  After a diagnosis of breast cancer, many survivors try to “let go” of the unneeded stresses in their lives, but it is not easy.  Join Dr. Karen Swartz, Assoc. Prof. of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences at Johns Hopkins Medicine, Dr. Smitha Gollamudi, Assoc. Medical Director, Oncology at Johns Hopkins Medicine, and massage therapists Tania Golokovsky, LMT, NCTMB, MS and Vicki Lynn Ferguson, MAA, LMT to learn about how stress affects well-being and healthy ways to cope with and reduce the pressures of daily life.  Open to all breast cancer survivors, family and friends.  Breakfast will be provided. 

Registration required; visit events.suburbanhospital.org or call (301) 896-3939.