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Cancer Support Groups


NOTE: We are providing support groups and counseling via phone or zoom. Sign up here
All in-person support groups are suspended until further notice.


Breast Cancer Support Group: Third Wednesday of each month from 6:30-8pm. Support group for patients and survivors. An opportunity to meet others on a similar journey. Registration required. Facilitated by Laurie Thorner, MSW, LCSW-C.

GYN Cancer Support Group: Fourth Monday of each month from 3:30-5pm. Designed to meet the needs of patients diagnosed with any gynecological cancer. A safe, welcoming place providing encouragement, support and fellowship. Registration required. Facilitated by Laurie Thorner, MSW, LCSW-C.

Caregiver Support Group: Third Tuesday of each month from 3:30-5pm. Registration required. Facilitated by Laurie Thorner, MSW, LCSW-C.

Together We Thrive: Second Saturday of each month at 10am. Patient support for men and women diagnosed with cancer, where participants can share, explore and be encouraged in a safe environment. Caregivers are welcome to join. Registration required. Facilitated by Mary Dowling, MSW, LCSW-C.

Young Adult Support Group: Third Monday of each month from 6:30-8:00pm. Generously funded by Ulman Foundation. For patients diagnosed with any type of cancer between the ages of 18-39. This is a safe, welcoming place providing encouragement, support and reducing isolation. Facilitated by Christina Miller, LCPC, OPN-CG.

Mindfulness Meditation and other practices: Meets weekly on Tuesdays from 10:30-11:30am. This group is open to novice and experienced. Understand the application of meditative breath work and yogic practices that can create a state of well-being. Cultivate a perspective toward greater compassion, non-striving, letting go, patience, and the ability to experience the present moment with greater objectivity. Facilitated by Laurie Thorner, MSW, LCSW-C. Registration is required.

Cancer Survivor Café: Every Tuesday from 1-2:15pm. Open to any cancer survivor. Grab your favorite beverage and snack and join in the conversation. Facilitated by Laurie Thorner, LCSW-C.

Advanced Cancer Support Group: Second Monday of each month from 3-4:15pm. For any cancer survivor living with metastatic disease or advanced cancer. Come share information and discuss the unique challenges associated with metastatic disease or advanced cancer in collaboration with Maryland Oncology/Hematology.

Registration and Location

Registration required for all groups unless otherwise indicated. Call 410-740-5858 or e-mail HCGH-Cancer-Center@jh.edu.

These groups meet in the Claudia Mayer / Tina Broccolino Cancer Resource Center at 11065 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia, Maryland 21044, Suite 150. Come through the entrance on the narrow side of the building.

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